Rake Making

27 June

Course Cost: £80

Location: The GreenWood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR

This course will give you the full step-by-step process of making a classic hay rake.
Rakes have been used extensively for a variety of tasks, prior to mechanisation of working on the land, such as gathering hay and straw, raking soils or gathering leaves.

Every region would have a different pattern and style, which was also dependant on what the rake would be used for.

The classic hay rake is usually made using ash or hickory, but sometimes birch is used for the head, and the handle is split so that it fits into the head in two places. However, during this course you will also discuss other possible designs of rake.

You will learn:

  • How to select suitable timber
  • To understand grain and orientation of grain for strength
  • To use a variety of hand tools
  • To make a rake head and handle
  • To make tines (wooden teeth) using a tine cutter

This course will be taught by Brian Williamson. Lunch and refreshments provided.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT OPTIONS: Contact the Office  01952 432769 or email

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Richard Thomason 01952 432769/07964 934556 richardthomason@smallwoods.org.uk

Special offer for our members: 20% off all course fees! Please contact the Office on the details above to get your discount.


Course cost: £ 80.00


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