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£45
Midlothian - Next course on 27th January 2019
Held in the lovely rural village of Temple just 15 miles south of Edinburgh, our half day candle making workshop will give you the basic skills to create a scented container candle made from 100% natural soy wax choosing from a selection of fine fragrance oils. Our groups are kept small (a maximum of 10) to allow for individual attention. Workshop Content - Overview of the different types of wax and their differences in candle...
£78
Cumbria - Next course on 4th June 2019
Hens: 4th June 2019, 26th Nov; Hare 9th July; Sheep: 24th Sept; Deer 4th Oct; Angel 6th Dec 2018 and 6th Dec 2019. Willow Hares: Make a life size willow hare to nestle in your garden border - looking alarmed - as they do. Willow Deer: Spend your day creating your very own life size small willow deer – some 2 ½ - 3ft high - to graze in the corner of your orchard (if...
£170
Shropshire
Come and ‘Have a Bash’ at Blacksmithing on a one-day introduction course! The process of heating and forging hot metal is fun, fascinating and should be enjoyed by everyone (albeit pretty hard work!!) Jake Hedge is a fully accredited Blacksmith from the National School of Blacksmithing who now runs his own business from a small & charming forge in Ludlow, the heart of rural Shropshire. “Thanks to Jake’s patient and calm teaching” you’ll have no...
£85
London - Next course on 2nd February 2019
'Hands-on' practical participation in learning about DSW techniques including; Foundations, Cheek Ends, Tie Stones, Jumpers, Fingers, Shims, Through Stones, Lintels and Top Stones. (One over two, two over one !!) These one day workshops are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages and abilities aged over 16yrs. You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the different material, the engineering...
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 25th May 2019
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...
£195
Gloucestershire - Next course on 6th April 2019
How can we ensure the survival of honey bees? This weekend Course on sustainable beekeeping is run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm, in the Wye Valley.  The Course covers the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. Course content: Meet the bees - a hands-on look at honey bee colonies housed in different hives The natural life-cycle of honey bees - bee biology and ecology Being a...
£160
Cornwall - Next course on 20th April 2019
This hugely enjoyable and satisfying 2 day course provides a great introduction to traditional ‘green wood working’ skills and includes all materials and lovely home made food. You’ll learn all about ancient woodcraft techniques (no power tools here!) and out of a recently felled ‘green’ log you’ll create your own unique rustic stool to take home. Who is this woodworking course for? Whether it’s for you or as a gift, the course is suitable for...
£80
Kent - Next course on 2nd March 2019
Your tutors will guide you through the process from selecting a log through to a completed spoon. The session includes: * Tool review - an overview of the various tools available for spoon carving and similar projects * Timber selection - what type of wood and what parts of the log are best and what to avoid * Spoon design - overview of the proportions and features of spoons for different uses * Cleaving/splitting timber...
£65
Bedfordshire - Next course on 9th February 2019
One-day dry stone walling course. A unique opportunity to take part in constructing a 2m high, Permanant Dry Stone Boundary wall, in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside. Probably the tallest DSW structure in the region !! These workshops are a 'hands on' experience to the introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will assess the ground and setting out of building pins, batter frames and lines. You...
£150
Devon - Next course on 15th June 2019
These two-day courses teach a wide range of green woodworking techniques whilst making your own traditional greenwood shaving horse using hardwood timber sourced within the woodland. The topics covered include the properties of green wood, cleaving techniques and the use of traditional hand tools and equipment such as draw-knives and pole lathes. A shave horse is a fundamental piece of kit needed by all green woodworkers and it will be yours to keep at the...