Green Woodwork and the Woodland Year

The learning that is braided into the green woodwork curriculum is limitless.  From a craft perspective, the endless possibilities provided by the pole lathe are clear.  But connecting the craft to the woodland offers incredible potential.  The woodland year is a stark reminder of seasonality and the natural world.  The act of cutting and processing firewood has been important for winter survival since the beginning of humanity.  Collecting leaves and allowing them to rot before composting is an important aspect of biodynamics.  This mirrors nature's recycling system and demonstrates to the student the building of fertility for the growing of crops.  Coppicing, and the part it has played in humanity's development is a subject in its own right. A seasonal approach to this subject is shown below.


Medium Term Plan Examples

Making Charcoal

Oak Table Design



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