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1 Introduction

The Green Man is an ancient image and it's a privilege to create a design, another 'take' so to speak, and carve within this tradition. In this lesson I introduce our 'Green Man of Brunley' - Brunley is the old name for the village in which I live.

This carving is quite challenging but take it step by step and feel free to change and adapt the design as you go along. For subscribing members, below is my working drawing and tool list (as a pdf) of the Brunley Green Man.

Subscriber download: The Brunley Green Man (PDF)


| 30 October 2019 20:34

Jeff - I'd encourage you to have a go yourself! You have the pattern in the book and the techniques are less described than what you see here on our website.
Having said that, I will add another Green Man to our list of future videos.

| 30 October 2019 18:19

I would love to see more Green Men, especially like the one in the “wood spirits” book you did with L. Irish

| 04 December 2017 10:05

Susan - I do apologise for missing your question and being so late in replying.
I've carved oak, holly, ivy and several other leaves into green men, and without hesitation. We can never really get back to the mindset of the original carvers so I think we can only do our best at an interpretation. I think if you look carefully at pictures of them and use the feeling you get to inspire your own carving, you won't go far wrong.

| 24 October 2014 20:44

I would like to carve a green man. Can one use a different type of leaves? Ex. Oak leaves. Would this be taking away from its history?
Susan Musgrave

| 21 March 2014 12:48

Hello All,

This might be worth considering as a theory, explaining the orgin of the Green Man.


| 14 January 2014 16:21

Guy - Simple history. I made him up from all the other images in my head!

| 13 January 2014 11:53

Hi Chris, I'm about to start the green man, just a small one one lime wood. I'm just wondering what the history of this particular one is, thanks for the great tutorial, the downloadable drawing is a god sent :) have a good day. Guy

| 27 October 2013 11:18

Paul - I can't do that. Actually it's more that I won't!

Your question raises an important issue and gives me the opportunity to clarify something for others, so thanks for that. Here it is: I put out, and have put out, a lot of woodcarving instructional material in books, magazines, videos or video projects here on As a consequence it must seem that everything I carve falls under that banner; that every and any of my carvings can be freely copied. But that isn't so! The Rockport Green Man, as an example, is in the gallery on my own website; it's my own design and work as a carver/artist over which I have complete IPR and copyright. It is, and never was, intended to be part of my teaching work. So, this carving, and many others on my website, are NOT to be appropriated or copied by anyone else. However, you ARE free to carve other carvings that appear in an obvious 'educational' context: on Woodcarving, in my books, magazine articles etc. In fact I'm very happy that you do! (Though if they are displayed or entered into competitions I hope there is the courtesy of saying where the design came from. And selling is out of the question!) *** Paul - I'm sorry if these forceful statements seem directed at you - I do understand yours was an innocent question and of course I'm flattered that you want to carve my piece. I hope you see where I'm coming from as a carver and the need to protect my own work while wearing my other hat as a carving instructor. Finally, you'll have to wait a while but I will design a green man with something of the same feel for Woodcarving They get ever more popular! With best wishes. Chris

| 22 October 2013 13:54

Hi Chris
could you send me a working drawing of the rockport green man ?
Paul A. Pasquariello

| 09 January 2012 23:16

Well Chris, just to keep you posted, I started the Green Man project yesterday. I'm through (?) the 2nd bosting stage and will be moving on to the leaves soon, I hope, I tend to have several projects going at the same time so nothing gets my full attention from start to finish. I'm already starting to get a little frustrated with the cheeks, I always have a hard time with con-vexed surfaces.I'm sure I'll be posting many questions.
Thanks for a great project.

| 27 December 2011 21:28

Thanks for the video of the Green man, is was challening and alot of work, which I enjoyed .Everyboby likes it too. Thank you

| 28 October 2011 14:08

May I add my voice to John Sobol's and say that any ship/nautical carving lessons wood be greatly enjoyed; anything from what Chris may know of sea chest adornment or sailor's carving to structural adornment of the ship proper would be very interesting.

| 08 August 2011 21:00

It is possible that we might do that one day but I really think the future is in the internet and streaming, as we do here, and that cheaper devices will make that all the more available and CDs redundant (but let's not argue this here!). Bear in mind too that having CDs would take away from the exclusive acess you have to this site as a member, which also includes the open day invitation, conributing to re-planting, commenting and other things - including a huge library - we have in mind for the future...

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