Tuition and workshops run from Seans workshop in Devon. 

For people of all abilities. Learn the craft of using hand tools to work green wood and even make your own forge and practise making tools from tool steel. If you do not find a course that fits your requirements we are happy to run bespoke workshops, either on a one to one basis or for groups.

One to one workshops available by mutual agreement.

Sean specializes in 1 to 1, or 2 to 1 tuition at his workshop in Devon. These are tailor made workshops, at a time to suit you. You call the shots and Sean will teach and guide you through the process you want to master.


One to one tuition
From £150 per day weekdays, or £170 weekends
£260 for 2 days, or £300 weekends
£340 for 3 days,

Two to one tuition
From £260 per day. £280 weekends
More than 2 of you then the daily rate is £85 per person.

courses in sharpening, tool making, pole lathe or shave horse making will incur a materials charge and a slightly higher day rate.


If you live within a 20 mile radius of Buckfastleigh please ask about available spaces on afternoon classes. £15 per 2 hour session. 3pm to 5pm or 2pm to 5 pm for £20 on Wednesdays.

“If you are fortunate enough to hear about a workshop run by Sean Hellman, sign up quick!
Sean is the finest teacher I have encountered in 14 years of craft classes all over Europe.
He has the priceless gift of empathy for each student, gently assisting us to find the best path with just a few illuminating words.
Add that to a dry wit, unlimited creativity and patience and the most fascinating workshop near Dartmoor and you’ll come away the proud possessor of skills that you can practice at home with confidence.”
Diana Jackson.

“Thank you for an inspirational week of green woodworking. It was a marvellous insight into a fascinating craft, patiently presented and professionally taught.
I would recommend this course to anyone, whether focused on the craft alone or the development of their own designs.
Thanks again for a great experience in a wonderful setting”

John Harding, Group Industrial Designer, Huntleigh Technology PLC 


Making and using a pole lathe, this is either a bowl or spindle lathe. 

Making a shaving horse. 

Fan birds

Shrink pots

Hand carved bowls

Chair/ stool making, but not Windsor chairs.

Tool making for green woodworkers.

Spoon making and other green wood crafts such as making drinking cups like the Swedish Kuksa.

Sharpening all types of tools, have a go with all types of oil, water, natural, ceramic and diamond bench stones, make your own strops and sharpening paddles. The use of various commercial available sharpening machines.


One to one tuition
£140 per day weekdays, or £160 weekends
£250 for 2 days, or £290 weekends
£320 for 3 days,

Two to one tuition
£250 per day.
£380 for 2 days, or £400 weekends
£550 for 3 days.

More than 2 of you then the daily rate is £80 per person.


A sharpening service is also offered, from kitchen knives to any woodworking tool. We are happy to sharpen most types of professional hair scissors. Please contact us for price list 


Sean also runs courses or have a go days for organisations and groups. Such organisations have included, National Trust, Natural England, BTCV, Wildwise, Campus and the Sharpham estate among others.

Hire Sean for woodworking/carving/turning demonstrations and talks. Sean has often been hired by show organisers to demonstrate at festivals, wood fairs and shows.