History of Greenwood Days
Greenwood Days started in 1994 by me (Peter Wood) as a small woodland workshop where I could teach pole lathe turning. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the country demonstrating my craft at country shows and craft fairs where I met and became friends with a resurging number of skilled crafts people who were ‘rediscovering’ traditional craft. My little woodland workshop soon became a place where I could promote these crafts by inviting my friends to come and teach their crafts.
Something about me!
I’m Peter Wood and I founded and still run Greenwood Days.
I’ve been turning on the pole lathe for thirty years (current world champion!) and have been making traditional and contemporary Windsor chairs for all that time. I’m an advisor for Channel 4 for their woodworking competition and have taught around the country at woodworking centres, universities, and colleges.
I now try to balance my time between running and teaching at Greenwood Days and creating my own chairs over the winter break.
Our association with The National Forest
Greenwood Days has grown alongside the National Forest. I started the business here at Spring Wood when the National Forest was just taking root in the early 1990s, and it’s great to be part of what is one of the UK’s boldest environmental initiatives. Over nine million trees have been planted across the 200 square miles of the Forest; being able to source locally grown timber for my students helps us all create a greener future.