About Us

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.

Over the years Greenwood Days has expanded and now offers courses by some of the country’s most talented crafts people. With an ever-increasing range of courses, we hope you’ll find something to spark your interest!

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.

What we do now

Greenwood Days now offers over 70 stand alone courses in many different traditional crafts all loosely based around woodlands and woodworking. We have more than 15 different tutors generously sharing their skills.

Outside of these courses we offer 1-1 bespoke courses, run team building days for companies (based around these traditional crafts) host celebration days and generally try to incorporate these crafts in all manner of ‘fun in the woods’.

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.