Making A Sweet Chestnut Gate Hurdle

Making A Sweet Chestnut Gate Hurdle



A One Day Course

  Making a sweet chestnut gate hurdle  


A practical, hands-on day of learning some fundamental skills of greenwood working and coppice crafts to make your own sweet chestnut gate hurdle.  This will include cleaving, shaving, axing and cutting out mortises.  All participants will go home with a traditional gate hurdle approximately 3ft x 2ft (so fits in your car!)



Course Programme:
One Day, 9.30am - 4.30pm


What To Expect:


1. Introduction:
A brief introduction to gate hurdles and their uses and a look at the tools you will be using.

2. Step by step hurdle making:

Step-by-step you will produce each component of your gate hurdle, cleaving out rails and stiles, shaving tendons with a drawknife and cutting out the mortises with a drill and twybil or chisel.

3. Assemble  your gate:

Assembly of your gate hurdle and making the diagonal braces to nail onto the rails.

4. Assemble  your gate:

Ample time is allowed for you to grasp this craft, so if there is any time left over we can talk about how the processes and techniques you have learned can be applied to making other greenwood craft items.


An informal, hands-on day in a small group learning and experiencing the joys of working greenwood using a range of tools and techniques at an introductory level.

Course participants should be aware that sharp tools will be used and some activities will require reasonable physical input. Stout footwear must be worn, NO OPEN-TOED SHOES PLEASE!

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.

What To Bring:

Just bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have.

Please arrive at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am start.


Course Tutor:
Richard Ely


Richard Ely



Richard has 12 years experience running his own business making greenwood and coppice crafts products in and around the Battle area. Richard started out doing apprenticeships in 2005 with greenwood legends Mike Abbott (Living Wood) in Herefordshire and Ben Law (of Grand Designs fame) in West Sussex and has since worked full-time as a greenwood craftsman.



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Making a Sweet Chestnut Gate Hurdle with Richard Ely - Fri 3rd May 2019

An introductory workshop to Making a Gate Hurdle 

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