Using tools to create things with wood

At Forest School we have the opportunity to learn the traditional craft of green woodworking. Using a range of tools enables us to develop new practical skills and self-confidence. The tools we use include potato peelers, bow saws, pruning saws, loppers, knives, drills and billhooks. We learn about different types of wood and make a range of items such as a tent peg, a name disc, a charcoal pencil, a butter knife and a mallet. We also learn how to tie knots for the right purpose e.g. for shelter building, making rope swings, weaving, or making structures by lashing sticks or poles together. Simple frames can be made by square lashing four sticks together at the corners. These can then be used for a range of woodland art and weaving projects.

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