Sean Hellman
Woodwright, Artist and Craftsman


Small group 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.


The cost £140 per day £250 for 2 days, £320 for 3 days, for an individual
£250 per day if there are 2 of you. £380 for 2 days £550 for 3 days.
More than 2 of you then the daily rate is £80 per person.

Evening Classes

If you live within a 20 mile radius of Buckfastleigh please ask about available spaces on afternoon and evening classes. £15 per 2 hour session. 3pm to 5pm and 7 pm to 9pm 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

Tuition is given in:-

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.


The cost £140 per day £250 for 2 days, £320 for 3 days, for an individual
£250 per day if there are 2 of you. £380 for 2 days £550 for 3 days.
More than 2 of you then the daily rate is £80 per person.


Sharpening services

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

Workshops and demonstrations

Sean also runs courses or have a go days for organisations and groups. Such organisations have included, National Trust, 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.