Traditional woodwork and musical instruments from Bramley’s Green Wood Works - Surrey Creations

PUBLISHED: 10:35 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 07 June 2016

Mervyn hard at work at his Bramley studio (Photo: Philip Traill)

Mervyn hard at work at his Bramley studio (Photo: Philip Traill)

Philip Traill

In a small barn, hidden away in the woodland of the Birtley House Estate in Bramley, you’ll find Green Wood Works: a place dedicated to teaching traditional woodwork skills in a relaxed and stunning setting

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2015


If you go down to the woods today, you can be sure of a big surprise – or certainly in Bramley, at least, where Green Wood Works has been teaching traditional woodwork skills since the spring.

“I have always had a keen interest and love for woodlands and for woodwork,” says founder Mervyn Mewis. “And making the connection between looking after our local woodlands and the timber crop potential arising from sensitive and informed management seemed logical.”

From his little barn in these charming woodlands, Mervyn now shares his woodworking skills with students of all ages and abilities – including making beautiful musical instruments.

“We use home-grown timbers to create a range of instruments,” says Mervyn, a keen musician. “These include bowed psalteries and hammer dulcimers, which have very ancient musical roots.”

In the future, they hope to increase the range, diversity and frequency of their woodworking and woodland use courses. Mervyn is also working towards his next set of music recordings, inspired by our woodlands and, naturally, played on his own handmade instruments.

• Green Wood Works, Birtley House Estate, Bramley, near Guildford GU5 0LE:


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