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Tool Sharpening - Billhooks and Axes

: 31 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

: 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.

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.