Open workshop

Wood and silver workshops

Our Open workshops are designed to allow people to work on their own projects under guidance from Gavin. We offer woodwork and a few silverwork opportunities. Please phone or email for current possibilities.


We teach projects in wood suitable for all levels from a simple carved bowl to musical instruments and furniture. Some of the things people have made over the past year include stools, dove-tailed boxes with marquetry lids, candle holders, wooden animals, snow boards, butter boards and knives, guitars, drums, benches, longbows and lyres. We will always try to find a project that is both suited to a person's ability and is something they want to make. We use traditional hand tools and locally sourced wood wherever possible and encourage anyone who comes to the workshop to complete their project to the very best of their ability. Everyone is encouraged to give attention to detail and they always end up with a beautiful object that they are proud of.


We offer a basic introduction to silversmithing. This starts with the making of simple silver rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings and moves on to more complicated stone-setting.


I enjoy learning new skills in the workshop. The variety of ages of the participants, and the range of projects being undertaken leads to a vibrant atmosphere, which I find interesting and refreshing. It’s a great antidote to computers and office-work!


Nailsworth Community Workshop
The Subscription Rooms
Bath Road, Nailsworth, Stroud Gloucestershire GL6 0HH

T. 07971 737626