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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.

£340
Surrey - Next course on 6th September 2019
The 'O' course is led by Peat Oberon, award-winning blacksmith, and inspiring and sympathetic teacher; assisted by Eamonn Kenward. The courses are suitable for absolute beginners, male or female, from the age of about 14 upwards; or for metalworkers seeking to gain a basic understanding of iron-forging. A place on one of Peat's courses makes a fabulous birthday, Christmas or anniversary present - some recipients have said it's the best present they've ever had! Classes...
£290
Surrey - Next course on 27th July 2019
Our 'B' course is led by Ambrose Burne, who introduces his students to the basic operations with some set pieces; then it becomes more design-based and experimental, with an exploration of the students' own ideas developed with Ambrose's help. It’s a good idea - but not compulsory - to think about what you might want to make in advance, in very general terms – don’t be too ambitious - entrance gates really aren't a possibility!...
£149
Derbyshire - Next course on 12th October 2019
Would you, your friends or your family enjoy a fun and informal session building a real dry stone wall in a stunning countryside setting? Get out in the fresh air, be next to nature, and restore an important feature that defines the British landscape. Dry stone walling is a positive and relaxing experience which promotes mindfulness and boosts wellbeing in an inspirational, natural environment. Delivered by highly qualified craftsmen and instructors, these events span over...
£150
Cumbria - Next course on 1st October 2019
Join talented illuminator, Sarah Lace, for a two day workshop to learn the historic craft of illuminated lettering. This workshop offers the opportunity to learn something of the history and origins about these art forms as we examine a range of styles from 6th century Celtic through to the modern day; showing their development through time. Sarah will help with the design of your piece including simple techniques of constructing Celtic knotwork and spirals, decoration...
£60
Norfolk - Next course on 7th July 2019
The day involves: * An introduction to the greenwood [trees and types of wood for carving] * How to use axes and cutting tools safely * Sharpening axes and knives * Axe and knife techniques * Technical overview of the carving process * Carve your own cooking spoon Lunch * Carve your own cooking spoon, continued * Aftercare of your spoon which you take away with you!
£130
Leicestershire
1 day course available to one or two people from 10am to approximately 5/6pm. I cover all the basic forging practices required to start blacksmithing as a hobby, such as drawing out to a taper, scrolling, set downs, punching, cutting with a chisel and twisting. We can make something on the day such as a poker, Garden pot holder, coat hook or a simple forged knife. Please remember its a social environment of learning for...
£100
Cumbria - Next course on 3rd July 2019
For availability on this course please see our website above, thank you. Over this busy one day course (originally a two day affair) you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden. Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance...
£20
Norfolk
The workshop involves: * Sharpening axes and knives: techniques & equipment recommendations * Creation & use of the draw horse & safety chopping block * Mark out and carve you own eating spoon with a canted bowl * Aftercare of your spoon which you take away with you!
£685
West Sussex
James Mursell, professional Windsor chair maker, runs these courses from his large and spacious workshop, on his farm in West Sussex. The course is 5 days long (Monday to Friday) and the days begin at 0830 and finish at 1800 (except Friday around 1600). All students can expect to take home a completed chair at the end of the course. The course is suitable for both complete woodworking novices and experienced woodworkers. Everyone will be...
£50
Renfrewshire
This course will take you through some basic skills in leathercraft including design, leather preparation, simple tooling decoration, riveting and closures, staining and painting and finishing. We will make a single, lightweight vambrace or arm-bracer which may lace up or be done up with buckles. For archers, the armbracer can be made with a double layer of leather on the inside of the arm for protection. The course is suitable for beginners.

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