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, often 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 looked after for their biodiversity and peoples enjoyment of it. These include nature reserves managed by the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.
Turnham Green Wood was established in 2011 by Herefordshire-based green woodworker, Lewis Goldwater.
I now have nearly 3 decades of experience, working in the environmental sector, across the UK and abroad.
During this time, I gained qualification in 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 machinaries for land management.
As well as being a green woodworker, I am also now employed by the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, as a nature reserves officer, helping to look after many of their important sites for wildlife across the county of Herefordshire.
I am qualified in Preparation to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS), have a Diploma in Geoscience with the Open University and am qualified in Level 3 Sustainable Woodland Management and as a Level 3 Practitioner in Social Forestry.