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Heritage crafts courses

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.

Gloucestershire - Next course on 15th August 2019
Using English willow and traditional techniques, spend two days making your very own beautiful basket. During the workshop you will be able to make a round or oval basket allowing you time to explore different weaves. Two days gives time to make a larger basket or to make a basket with a handle. All abilities welcome. Tutor: Susan Early Date & Time: Thurs 15th and Fri 16th August, 10am - 4pm Venue: Bingham Studio, New...
Port Talbot - Next course on 16th August 2019
Residential willow sculpture course in beautiful surroundings at Margam Discovery Centre. Join us for an inspiring weekend creating your very own willow sculpture. This course provides an opportunity for you to learn all about willow, how to grow it, prepare it and sculpt it to form three-dimensional works of art. During the weekend you will design and construct either one four-legged animal or a pair of bird sculptures or feel free to let your imagination...
Create a decorative and functional version of the well-loved garden trug to transport and display your garden bounties; flowers veg. or kindling. An excellent introduction to basket making. Discover the smell, creak and relaxing rhythm of weaving with supple willow. No previous experience required. Hannah Ehlert trained for three years in a coppice worker apprenticeship with a variety of crafts people at the Bill Hogarth Memorial Trust. She has run successful creative green wood-working courses...
Lancashire - Next course on 30th June 2019
Pip Cottage willow workshops range from obelisks and sculpture for the garden, to bird nests and feeders, living willow construction and traditional English basket making. Thursday and Friday 16th and 17th May will be at Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington where we will experiment with traditional English basket making techniques to make a medium sized round basket...... running from 10am to 3.30pm each day. I will demonstrate how to make the object step by step...
During this relaxing and fun workshop at Myddfai Community Hall in Carmarthenshire, you will make a small sculpture such as a hare, pheasant or chicken using a variety of willow. No experience required, so perfect for beginners or above. This workshop is suitable for all levels. Please phone or e-mail to book your place. *Booking Essential*. Justine started off life as an engineer and then moved into the charity sector, developing and delivering programmes that...
Lancashire - Next course on 24th August 2019
A fun and relaxing weekend of spoon or pendant carving workshops, camping out in the Lancashire countryside. With expert guidance and tuition throughout the weekend, the spoon and pendant carving weekends are suitable for all levels of carving experience; whether you’re a newcomer to the world of spoon or pendant carving or just looking to enhance and build upon previous experience. Participants can choose whether they carve a spoon or pendants. Beyond the group workshops,...
Bristol - Next course on 5th August 2019
A 2 week course in essential woodwork joinery This course encompasses both the Level 1 and Level 2 Woodwork Joinery for Beginners courses and is taken over 10 days. It involves making a softwood tool box using corner rebate joints and a softwood cabinet with a drawer and shaker style door using  housing, dovetail, ploughed grooves and mortice & tenon joints. At the end of the 2 weeks (4 modules) you will take home your...
North Yorkshire - Next course on 5th October 2019
This is a brief but comprehensive introduction to the working horse aimed at interested novices. Use and handling of the horse will be demonstrated, and trainees may move to hands-on experience if they wish. Emphasis throughout will be on animal welfare and safe working practice. Topics to be covered are: Introduction to the horse, discussion of care, grooming, feeding, etc. Demonstration of harnessing. Discussion of draught collar, function and application. Demonstration of New England D-ring...
Shropshire - Next course on 15th September 2019
Working with Donkeys at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Dusty, a rescued seaside donkey, joined the farm in 2002. He is a very useful working animal around the farm, pulling the cart and a range of light machinery for ground work – his small hooves can be a real advantage! During this half-day course with resident waggoner, Simon, you will learn how to care for a donkey and how to harness up and prepare Dusty...
Shropshire - Next course on 13th July 2019
Working with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Spend the day learning how to care for heavy horses and how to work with them. You will start by grooming one of Acton Scott’s heavy horses, understanding the importance of foot care, feeding regimes and general horse husbandry. You will then learn how to put the harness on before going out into the fields to begin driving a cart and undertaking fieldwork. Suitable for...

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