I became fascinated by green-woodworking techniques and the potential of coppiced woodland for manufacturing beautiful products, after visiting and seeing the work of a colleague at the fabulous, Eccleshall Woods Sawmill in Sheffield.
Inspired by the natural forms and strengths of wood, I aim to create hand-made, bespoke coppice products using traditional green-woodworking techniques, such as cleaving, pole-lathing and steam-bending.
All of the green wood that I use is sourced from sustainably managed woodlands and sites managed for their biodiversity and peoples enjoyment of it. These include nature reserves managed by the Herefordshire Nature Trust.
Turnham Green Wood was established in 2011 by Herefordshire-based green woodworker, Lewis Goldwater.
I have over 23 years of working and volunteering in environmental projects across the UK and abroad.
During this time, I became competent in a range of skills such as sustainable woodland management, hedge laying, dry stone walling, habitat surveys and species identification. I also have NPTC and LANTRA qualifications for chainsaw use, pesticide application, offroad and trailer driving and a range of machinary for land management.
I am qualified in Preparation to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS), have a Diploma in Geoscience with the Open University and am qualified as a Level 3 Practitioner in Social Forestry.
I am now a full-time green woodworker having been employed by the Herefordshire Nature Trust, managing the Herefordshire Parklands Project which looked at historic estates, deer parks and designed landscapes across Herefordshire.