Jim & Ben
Jim Bower & Ben Chester have been friends for over twenty years and had been working together on green wood and woodland craft projects on and off for around 5 years when they decided that they would form York Wood Crafts so they could share the knowledge and skills they have learnt about a subject they are passionate about. They realised they enjoyed teaching others these simple skills. The deep understanding that can be gained about nature and how our ancestors used and manipulated the natural environment around them.
Jim and Ben aim to keep traditional woodland and rural crafts alive, and to pass on the knowledge and practical skills of these crafts to others, in the hope they in turn will pass these skills onto future generations, thus keeping an essential part of our heritage alive.
Ben's day job is as a Traditional Craftsman who designs and builds green oak buildings and structures, alongside repair and renovation of historial buildings. He also carries out woodland management and sources all the timber for the courses from his woodland. Check out some of his work at www.benchester.co.uk.
Ben has been teaching and running green woodworking and woodland craft courses for over a decade with various organisation's around the country.
Jim has been teaching green woodworking and longbow making for too many years to count! He is an enthusiastic green wood worker who has a passion for longbow making, as well as keeping and bringing old crafts back to life. A welcome escapism from his day job in technology..