Hungarian Traditionalist Woodworkers

We also set up woodworking workshops and trainings even in the form of camps lasting for more days

By this year we have been part of the Erzsébet Program for 5 years. Our summer workshops took place in Balatonberény at the beginning, later in Fonyódliget as part of the handicraftman camp called Folk Crafts.

Our main goal with the workshops is to help the children find joy when working with old tools in part of a creative activity.


At first there is a short introduction of the histrory of woodworking from the primitive age to these days. Through our collection we display the use of tools then the children gain the opportunity to try them out. The kids create 3 or 4 different products per course with the help of our instructions and they also have their own time to figure out or invent any kind of products based on their creative ideas. At the end of the week the childrens' final products will be open to the public in part of an exhibition.

The four most motivated, ambitious and talented kids have the chance to take part in a further training course called Talentum Camp set up at Zánka in the time of autumn and spring. Here, besides creating a closer relationship between the master and the disciple, we dig deeper in the woodworking activities and skills.

Children create the following products during the camps:

  • Cutting out animal and plant figures from pieces of wood with the help of a hand-powered jigsaw

  • Spinning sunflowers cut out of different types of veneers

  • Bird on a birch-wood

  • Carving on pieces of wood made of lime-tree

  • Making and carving of a wooden box

  • Wooden drinking vessel

  • Wooden Möbius bracelet

  • Wooden spoon

  • Other simple and amusing wooden toys (gnomes, clothespin toy, wooden snail etc.)

During the courses children get to know the listed workflows and the use of the relating tools:

  • The possibility to try out a contemporary open pit saw which was already used in ancient times

  • Barking a log with a draw-knife

  • Chopping a log with a cross-cut saw

  • Signing the log with a chalk-line, then shaping it with a broad axe

  • Woodworking on a shaving horse with a draw-knife

  • The use of the hand drill and the brace drill

  • The use of the auger

  • Gimlet with ring handle, auger, push/pull drill

  • Smooth-plane, spokeshave, beading plane

  • Pin-cut plane

  • Wheelers' borer

  • Stave plane

  • Reconscructed paleolithic woodworking tools

  • A hand-powered jigsaw from the 18th century

  • Defining the exact height of a tree with the help of a stick

If you are interested or planning to ask for a quote do not hesitate to contact us at any of the following adresses:

Armin Nemeth: +36 30 313 5403

Balint Nemeth:  +36 30 813 5208

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