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Charcoal burning is an ancient craft where a high quality and high value product is made from a low value and low quality timber.

This course takes you through the whole charcoal burning process. You will be taught about sourcing the raw material, siting of the kiln, laying the base and filling the kiln, lighting the kiln, controlling the burn, grading, bagging and marketing of the end product.

Your tutor, Ben May has 20 years experience in making charcoal, at one time making his main living just from charcoal production. This is a no nonsense, no holds barred course which goes into great detail on all aspects of charcoal burning.

This course is particularly well suited to those who are seriously looking into going into charcoal production as a living or as a sideline.

No dogs please.

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Cost £190 including scrumptious lunches, tea, coffee and cakes!

Personalised Gift Vouchers can be included for the Charcoal Making Course; an original and memorable present.


April 2nd - 3rd  2022 SAT & SUN

September 17th - 18th 2022 SAT & SUN

 COVID AWARE - During these trying times we are seeking to find ways of ensuring our course participants and guests safely enjoy their time with us. We will need to make adjustments to our courses to accommodate this evolving situation. This will be reviewed as restrictions are eased or limitations are put in place.



To book this course, please email or ring Ben on 01837 811123 to check for availability. Payment can be made by BACS (our BACS details are Bank:  NatWest, Account Name: Forest Crafts, Account No: 12629545, Sort Code: 51-70-16. Please use your name as reference) or good old fashioned cheque (made out to Forest Crafts and sent to Ben May, Lower Upcott Farm, Hatherleigh, Okehampton, Devon EX20 3LN).

We are able to offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation here at the farm; A double room for (minimum of) two nights at £185 - additional nights may be added at £85 per night.

See our Accomodation listing under the Craft Course Icon.

There is limited availability so please book early.


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Our courses take place on the secluded land of Lower Upcott Farm, which is located in 43 acres of some of Devon’s most beautiful unspoilt countryside. The farm is run on a sustainable basis, with both the woodland and pasture land worked by shire horses. We are a proper working enterprise and make a full time living from south west woodlands. We are therefore at the cutting edge of the timber industry and able to offer you up to date knowledge and advice. Our range of courses are designed to cater for the needs of the complete novice through to those with some experience, the emphasis being very much on having a go and enjoying yourself with like-minded people. Practical skills courses are restricted to six people so that everyone gets plenty of individual help.