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Learn traditional heritage crafts at courses and workshops all over the UK. Heritage crafts are so important to our culture and living heritage - we need to keep these skills alive by learning and practicing them or they will not survive! Heritage skills can be as diverse as dry stone walling, wheel-wrighting, ploughing, rope making, gate and hurdle making, wattle and daub techniques, spoon carving, whittling and many more.

Next course on 21st September 2017
The class is in Debra's studio, which is in a bright, inspirational and spacious old church. You will learn how to create stunning pieces of textural felt art, using a wonderful selection of merino wool (over 120 colours), silks of all kinds and colours, different breeds of wool as well as other fibres. Debra is extremely generous with her materials and skills and will introduce you to every imaginable way of incorporating different textures and...
Next course on 28th September 2017
Join us this autumn at Basing House for our Basing Craft Mornings. Every Thursday morning from 28 September – 19 October, craft tutor Deborah Woodland will be on hand with expert craft advice whether you are learning to knit, developing your crocheting skills or just wanting to meet likeminded people. Deborah will also be introducing a new craft every week. Bring along whatever craft you are working on. Thursday mornings from 10.30am – 12.30pm 28...
Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of blacksmithing, you will make two unique items to take home with you. The first project is the snail key ring and after that, students will get to make a dragon themed coat-hook....
Join our friendly Blacksmithing Team for a full day's tuition in basic forging! Award winning, master blacksmith, Nigel Barnett will guide you through the basic skills of forging. You will have a go at making your own items to take home. The course is very hands-on and attendees will learn the skills required to create a variety of traditional ironmongery. Working at your own speed, tuition is on demonstration followed by one to one guidance...
Chalk Pit Forge is run by Alex Smith, who has been a blacksmith since 1998 and has run the forge since 2008, teaching 1 day to 20 day, one to one, courses since 2009. The forge is within the beautiful south downs countryside at Amberley Museum, West Sussex. Here I run courses for anyone aged 15 or over [15 yr olds need a parent present], where you can make whatever you like, providing I think...
Next course on 23rd August 2017
'From fleece to fibre' - come and learn the craft of hand spinning with Dunja Roberts on our traditional hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park. On my one day workshop you will learn how to spin your own unique yarn using fleece from our pedigree Clun Forest and Zwartbles sheep. Come for a day of inspirational teaching, encouragement and fun to learn the basics of hand spinning. This course may be taken along...
Next course on 3rd September 2017
Hands-on practical one-day spinning course in the Lake District National Park. Covers all aspects, including fibre selection and preparation. By the end of the day you will have working knowledge of the all the techniques necessary to go away and start spinning your own yarn. Saturday, Sunday and Mid-week dates (9:30 am – 4:30 pm). Includes all course materials, equipment and comprehensive course notes. Small groups - high levels of one-to-one tuition. Follow up support...
Ever wanted to try your hand at the ancient art of blacksmithing? Spend a day with Chris, a qualified Blacksmith, in his Worcestershire workshop. Go at it hammer and tongs, learn how to manipulate hot steel and produce your own metal masterpiece. Choose from a range of small projects to make and take away with you. Full day courses for two people are also available if you want to bring a friend. Ages 14 and...
Hand Spinning Workshops - one day 10am - 4pm Our one day spinning workshops are relaxed and fun and are aimed at beginners but also suitable as a refresher. Covers all aspects of this enchanting and addictive skill. Workshops are held in the tranquil Norfolk countryside on days to suit you, either on weekdays or weekends. You will meet our delightful flock of rare breed North Ronaldsay sheep and Icelandic sheep. You will learn what...
Forget the idea of blacksmithing being big, sweaty men beating lumps of hot steel with large hammers. Forged steel can be as light and delicate or as substantial as you wish. It is a wonderful media with which to work, it can be bent, twisted, tapered, split, punched etc. Learn these basic techniques then combine them to produce your hand crafted piece, your imagination is your limit. Courses are suitable for those of an artistic...