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Learn rural skills and crafts at courses and workshops all over the UK. Countryside skills and smallholding practices are not just incredibly useful but also great fun! Learn hedge-laying chainsawing, orchard maintenance, grow your own veg, animal breeding, rearing and butchery. If you have dreams or becoming self sufficient, you'll need these skills!

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Next course on 7th April 2017
Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire. Next date : Friday 7th April 2017. Please get in touch to enquire or book your place. Dates also planned for later in the year. The day runs from 10am - 3pm and will cover basic spinning techniques and plying - aiming to finish with one or more skeins of your own handspun yarn! The course is aimed...
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Next course on 10th June 2017
Basic Beekeeping at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture. Course participants will gain an understanding of the bee’s lifestyle, individual duties and contribution to the colony’s life and development. You will learn how to identify the Queen, Worker and male Drone bee before selecting equipment and suitable locations for hives. General...
Image for Spooncarving - Green wood - the Basics With stuart lawrence Northyorkshire uk wide York and the humber
Spooncarving for a day - a practical skill - Over 18s only. Available all year - usually on a Sunday but midweek can be arranged. You have seen the advert - Plusnet - now come and experience the real thing! On this course you will learn basic techniques of spooncarving, learn to carve green wood, the proper use of tools and basic safety with regard to tool use. You will also learn "how to read...
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The course is based at Woodland Ways yard in beautiful SSSI woodland in Worcestershire. You will be guided by David Llewellyn, a full time woodsman who started his own business in 2001 making traditional woodland crafts. He has since developed his business to incorporate woodland management and forestry and is well respected locally fulfilling contracts for Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, The Environment Agency as well as many private customers. The course is run at the...
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Next course on 27th May 2017
Build a Cob Oven at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This one-day course shows you how you can build your own oven using simple techniques and materials. This is very much a hands (and-feet-on!) experience, tremendous fun and immensely satisfying. By the end of the day participants will have developed the skills they need to build an oven for themselves. While fantastic for baking pizza, wood-fired ovens are capable of cooking any dishes you desire,...
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Next course on 15th April 2017
Jim White of the Daily Telegraph, who recently trained with us said 'Brilliant course! Get back to basics, build a wall, sort yourself out.' How does a wall stay up for 200 years without mortar? Find out by learning to build one yourself! Our introductory two day courses teach you everything you need to know to build your own simple dry stone wall. These courses are perfect for beginners and those such as small holders...
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Spend the day learning how to flint knapp like our ancestors during the Stone Age. On this course you will learn to shape a knife blade or arrowhead using the pressure flake method. The arrowheads are preformed so no need to learn how to percussion knapp. You will also learn how to attach the handle to the blade. Handles can be made from wood or antler.
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Next course on 11th November 2017
Home Dairying one day course with tutor Neil Clarke at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. With Christmas just around the corner, how about learning to make those special flavoured cheeses to impress your friends and family? You’ll leave the course with lots of ideas for soft and hard cheeses especially for Christmas, made with those extra special ingredients. You will take some samples home so please bring a cool box. We will also provide you...
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Next course on 28th October 2017
Christmas in a Jar at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Winter preserving is usually undertaken with Christmas in mind, and using up the last of the orchard and vegetable bounty. Spend a lovely day creating wonderful Christmas inspired preserves that will liven up your Christmas store cupboard or be given as handmade gifts. There are two dates for this course in 2017, participants can come to either or both. 28th October: Quince Cheese, Whisky Marmalade,...
Image for StickMaking Classes /Courses Horn craft, buffalo/Rames Horn crook Stick making with Stuart Lawrence Northyorkshire
The horn craft, buffalo, crook making course is run over two days 9.30 until 4.30 You will learn the methods of bending buffalo horn using dry heat and learning to bend the horn around a jig which is a preformed shape of a crook. You will also be taught how to polish, sand, rasp. Also how to turn the horn out for nose out or turn the horn in, nose in, ie market stick. Day...