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Tool Sharpening - Billhooks and Axes

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: 25 Sep 2021 - 25 Sep 2021

: The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR


Billhooks and axes are used because they are still the most effective tool for felling and timber reduction and  conversion for some woodland activities such as coppice management. It is surprising how many blunt billhooks and axes are been used and the lack of awareness of how  a sharp tool should look like and how  much  easier and safer  work is when using a sharp tool.

The course is suitable for all who use billhooks and axes routinely and a must do course for volunteer  and project  leaders  taking groups into woodlands.

You will learn:

  • Identify different axes and patterns appropriate for use.
  • Tools and devices to aid sharpening
  • Different sharpening tools and techniques appropriate to use and location.
  • Maintenance and storage

Participants can bring their own billhooks and axes to sharpen or practice on tools provided.

Covid-19 and Courses


The Green Wood Centre has worked tirelessly to ensure that staff & visitors are entering a COVID safe environment. SWA have a duty of care to participants, staff, trainees, volunteers, etc. We ask that all tutors and participants respect the measures stated regardless of their personal views, there will be an induction by your course tutor on arrival.

In the event that a course has to be cancelled due to Covid-19, a full refund will be provided and we will suggest keeping an eye on the website and re-booking once the course has become available again.

Our experience:


Small Woods use only experienced professionals and woodland practitioners as tutors. We have more than 20 years’ experience of delivering courses and training and a reputation for high quality teaching and professionalism.

Small Woods courses are suitable for all levels of experience and ability and we keep course numbers low. The physical nature and/or woodland location of some courses may make them difficult for people with mobility problems. We do, however, have many years’ experience in enabling all groups to attend courses and will make every effort to ensure a satisfying experience for all.