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£45
Midlothian - Next course on 13th October 2018
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 10th October 2018
Thurs 4th May - Hares, Wed 11th July - Sheep, Fri 21st Sept - Hens & Cockerels, Wed 10th Oct - Deer, Thur 13th Nov - Hares, Thur 6th Dec - Angels 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 -...
£65
East Sussex - Next course on 9th November 2018
Try your hand at hexagonal weave basketry and make a hexagonal-weave basket while discovering pattern and unity in nature and many of the world’s traditional cultures. Deepen your understanding of the order in nature and how to apply principles of harmony such as the golden ratio into your work and design practice. You'll also learn how to weave a traditional willow tatza (celtic knot) basket and woven spheres.
£65
Bedfordshire - Next course on 13th October 2018
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...
£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. 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 absolutely anyone who’d enjoy learning a traditional skill in...
£80
Kent - Next course on 3rd November 2018
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...
£85
London - Next course on 6th October 2018
New for 4th August:- Help build a permanant DSW 'Sheep Creep' feature, built in one of the paddocks to include: four Cheek Ends, installing: Foundations, Tie Stones, Through Stones, Lintels, Vertical Top Stones These one day workshops are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the different material, the engineering...
£75
Gloucestershire
Discover Britain's forgotten crop - Flax. All true linen is made from flax. During the day you will be shown all the processes for working flax from seed to cloth. You will also have the opportunity of working through the processes to produce fibre ready for spinning and/or cord and rope making. A chance to dress a distaff and have a go at drop spinning. Anyone interested in the process and practice of weaving and...
£195
Gloucestershire
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...
£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...