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I’d just like to say thank you to Maurice for getting the Wetterlings hatchet to me so quickly, the new sheath that was made is gorgeous and the hatchet is absolutely beautiful, so much so I’ve just finished with a stack of kindling and it cuts like a dream!

Thanks again, I didn’t know where to write a review so I thought I would just email you guys directly. Definitely, a pleased customer and I won’t hesitate to order from you again.


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We spent a lovely day coppicing hazel last weekend with the North East APT group at @sylvanskills hazel plot 🌿

Excitingly, we also had the opportunity to test drive the final prototype of this Newtown Pattern billhook - a tool we’ve spent a good part of the last year co-developing with UK toolmaker, Ray Iles. It boasts excellent balance and weight, and its long, gently convex equal bevels, combined with high carbon steel construction, ensure it maintains an exceptional edge. Both Izzy and I interchanged between Morris of Dunsford and Bulldog billhooks throughout the day, and found this billhook to have the best weight behind it for the job. 

Ever since the closure of Morris of Dunsford, there’s been a noticeable gap in the market for high-quality, reliable British-made billhooks. Billhooks for coppicing and traditional woodland craft is an endangered tool, if our craft is to survive and thrive we need good quality durable tools for key tasks. Whilst only small, we’re thrilled to be able to do our part in developing and testing these tools and bringing them to the market for more people to enjoy and use.

Available now at 

#woodsmith #coppice #hazelcoppice #billhook #hedgelaying
From offcuts to outdoor essentials. Repurposed oak offcuts from the Woodsmith workshop have found new life as fire steels.

Available on the website for any of you braving the outdoors this weekend and in need of some 🔥

#woodsmith #handmade #craftsman #woodworker #firesteel
Sheaths matter more than you might think.

Sure, they might not be the main show like the axe itself, and they might not last as long, but a well made sheath is crucial for keeping your tool in great condition.

A quality sheath will see you through a good chunk of your axe’s life. That's why with every Hans Karlsson Slöjd Axe from Woodsmith, you get a sheath that’s (almost) as solid as the tool it protects. 

Our sheaths are made by a local leathersmith just around the corner from us in the North East of England. Each one is hand-finished by us, ensuring a snug fit and a look that just feels right – simple, functional, aesthetic, and built to last.

We take our time with these because we’re not in the business of rushing to get things out the door and foregoing quality. We understand you’re not just buying a tool; you’re picking up a companion for years to come. And we like make sure everything, sheath included, is up for the journey.

#woodsmith #carvingaxe #axesheath #slojd #hanskarlsson
2023 was a milestone year for us here at Woodsmith. 

Whilst all years inevitably have their ebbs and flows, we’re going into 2024 with a huge amount of gratitude. Grateful for everyone who chooses to support our small family business and shares our passion for the world’s finest hand tools. 

It also marks the year I (Izzy) officially joined Woodsmith. I was 8 years old when I was handed my first carving knife in Norway, and it feels very cool 22 years later to be circling back on my own terms to join the family business. 

There's a wealth of knowledge still to gain from my dad, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to wake up every day excited to learn and work.

We're so appreciative of all of you for being part of our journey, and we wish you a fantastic start to 2024.

To lifelong learning & logs,
Team Woodsmith
It took us a short while, but we’re excited to share that Emmet Van Dreische's Greenwood Spoon Carving is now available at Woodsmith.

Emmet's book is a wealth of knowledge, filled with practical advice and vibrant pictures. It's perfect for both beginners and those with a few spoons already under their belt. Practical, honest, and incredibly useful, it's a must-have for any spoon carver.

Thank you, @emmet_van_driesche , for providing us with such a wonderful and generous resource – and also to the fantastic family-run publishing house at Mortise and Tenon for republishing it. 

Plus, keep your eyes peeled – we'll be bringing more Mortise and Tenon publications to Woodsmith soon!

#greenwoodspooncarving #spooncarving #woodworkingbooks #slöjd
Fjellgården i høst 🍂🍁

These colder nights are taking us back to the final days of sunny autumn spent exploring the farms and hytte nestled in the mountains of Eastern Norway ⛰️ always an axe to be found!

In other exciting news, we’re expecting a new shipment of Hans Karlsson adzes, carving axes, twca cam carving hooks and a few more gouges landing in Woodsmith HQ this week, or the latest early next week. 

Sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date when they arrive (link in bio) 🪓☺️

#woodsmith #handtools #slojd #fjellgård #woodcarving #woodworking #carvingaxe
Throwback to a few weekends ago, with Maurice and Izzy working overtime in our Confido pop up woodland workshop to get as many rounders bats finished as possible for 1200 budding green woodworking scouts! 🌳

Izzy learnt the basics of axing, using a drawknife and pole lathe turning safely at a similar age - so it’s really great to come full circle and pass on these important skills to a new younger generation!

Tools pictured: Ashley Iles 1 1/2” x 7 Straight Carving Gouge, Ashley Iles 2” Alongee Gouge, Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet, Ray Iles Large Drawknife. 

#greenwoodworking #handtools #polelathe #shavehorse
Back from an unintentional hiatus to post a few pictures from a few weeks back from the wonderful Silverdale, where we were kindly invited to attend the @nationalcoppicefederation AGM & Weekend Gathering 🍃

Featuring (in order): a selection of hand woven baskets by @lornaweavesoak ; Twiggy and @shannon.berry.nature at work in the woods; pimps by Alan Waters and some nice light on some important literature.

In other news, we’ve just received a small shipment of Hans Karlsson which is now live on the site. A mix of spoon knives, Slöjd knives, bent carving gouges, minigouges and inshaves are up. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for more gouges and adzes, which we’re hoping are currently making their way across the North Sea!

#coppice #handcraft #slöjd #craft #woodland #woodlandcraft #greenwoodworking #hanskarlsson
The Old School House in Øversjødalen 📚 

Since moving to the valley in 2007, we’ve been enamored by this charming, rundown wooden building with a turf roof, locally known as the original old school. Roughly the size of a small cottage, but essentially just one large room, it once housed a small class of children. Not pictured, but also accompanied by a unique communal compost toilet with separate sides for boys and girls. 

Believed to be constructed from logs 200 years ago, it was abandoned decades back in favour of a new, larger school. Over time, it faced the threat of complete disintegration. Thankfully, a generous grant allowed the current owner to ensure its preservation.

A renowned local log-building company @tradhandverk undertook the restoration, fortifying it with new logs, roof, and floor, refurbished windows, and a fresh coat of paint. Now, the building stands resilient, even if it lacks water or electricity. While it might be enhanced with historically accurate furnishings in the future, the primary joy lies in knowing it’s secured for at least another 50 years! 

#logbuilding #handtools #slöjd #oldbuildings #handtools #timmerhus

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WOODSMITH is the premier retail destination, renowned for offering the world's finest woodcraft tools, books and devices. Our small team of knowledgeable and passionate woodworkers provide expert advice and five-star rated customer service to woodworkers worldwide.

We take pride in selling over 75 leading international brands, with new products added daily. With worldwide shipping to over 100 countries, our online store provides access to our enviable collection of woodcraft tools, books and devices.

Established in 2011, we operate from a walk-in store in Whitley Bay, in the north east of England, where we showcase our exceptional collection of woodcraft brands.