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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.

Bristol - Next course on 20th May 2019
Experience a day in a working forge right in the centre of Bristol City. Learn a variety of blacksmithing techniques in a relaxed environment and create a range of items made by you to take home. Taught by Joanna Williams, Artist Blacksmith of Fire Iron Art. We start the day with an introduction to health and safety and an induction into the forge. You will learn some fundamental forging techniques to start you off such...
Yorkshire - Next course on 10th March 2019
Blacksmithing for beginners course with Adrian Wood Tutor Adrian Wood leads workshops in Blacksmithing in many venues across the north of the country. His courses are always popular and fill up very quickly. He works on decorative blacksmithing commissions for many clients in his own forge at Hornby, Teeside when he's not teaching others. You will need to wear layers of old clothing as it can be hot work and sensible shoes (not plastic). Safety...
If you've ever watched a blacksmithing demonstration and thought you'd like to find out for yourself what it's like to be a blacksmith, I, Lucille, am here to open the forge door and welcome you into the fascinating world of blacksmithing. I have many years teaching experience in Design and Technology and have now forged a new creative path developing my own artistic skills and teaching beginners blacksmithing in my workshop. The blacksmith experience days...
Shropshire - Next course on 23rd June 2019
Bread and Butter course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Join us for a day learning how to make bread and churning your own butter. You will make a selection of loaves using wheat and spelt flour, watch the farm’s dairy maid make butter in the end-over-end churn and then make your own butter using a table top churn. You take home all of your breads, butter and a recipe booklet packed with advice. You...
Wiltshire - Next course on 13th April 2019
One Day Charcoal Making Course Join us in our wood near Warminster and learn about the ancient rural craft of charcoal making. The course will cover the following: Sawing and Splitting Wood 
 Unloading and loading the charcoal ring kiln Lighting the charcoal ring kiln Capping off the ring kiln 
 Controlling the burn Shutting the ring kiln down Use a small retort kiln Take home a bag of charcoal Please bring a packed lunch with you....
Highlands - Next course on 14th September 2019
Come and join us for a week of traditional craft, gentle walks and optional morning yoga - a truly relaxing week for creative people who would like a bit of the outdoors. Over the week participants can have a go at natural dyeing outdoors in the woods. Foraging for dye plants, making botanical dyes from what they have foraged and learning about ancient imported dyes. Guests will dye local fleece as well as fleece from...
Earth pigments are things like ochres - naturally coloured clays and rocks that have been used for colour since prehistoric times. They're strong, lightfast and permanent, and hugely versatile in how they can be used. As well as looking into the background of how the pigments have been used, this is a hands-on course. we'll use earth pigments as our prehistoric ancestors did, and then we'll look at the many ways we can use them...
Learn a new craft with a group of absolute beginners. Learn the art of embossing on pewter to produce a stunning cover for a notebook and a pen in this lustrous metal. You will be taught the basics of hand embossing on sheet pewter, as well as how to give it an aged look. You can enhance designs with coloured inks or embellish it with jewels. I will guide you through the process from the...
Somerset - Next course on 13th April 2019
Come and learn silk Ribbon Embroidery . A 3 hour workshop where you will learn the techniques used to create silk ribbon flower Embroidery. A skill that has declined but was used hundreds of years ago . 10 places are available. This technique is by handstitch and so suitable for beginners. To book, click on the website link above.
cumbria - Next course on 9th March 2019
This course is for experts and beginners. I will show you how to create a wonderfully woolly warm pair of slippers fitted to your own feet. We will employ the wet felting method of felting using colourful merino fleece dyed with non toxic dye from a choice of several beautiful colours. This method is very easy but does require some elbow grease! Stage by stage I will show you all you need to know on...