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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!

Our preferred suppliers for Rural skills Courses are...
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Next course on 21st February 2017
Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire. Next date : Tuesday 21st February 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...
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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Next course on 21st January 2017
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...
Image for Flint Knapping - Learn the ancient art of making prehistoric knives
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.
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...
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Next course on 28th October 2017
Taxidermy - A Mouse In A Day Tutor: Jools Abbey The art of taxidermy is in preparing, stuffing and then mounting the skins of animals for display. These could be as hunting trophies, or for museum use or maybe the preservation of a beloved pet. Taxidermy is a Greek word for "arrangement of skin". On this one-day course you will learn the basic art using a mouse. Don't worry, it will have been bought from...
Image for Willow sheep, hares, angels, hens & cockerels with Phil Bradley: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater
Next course on 6th June 2017
Click through above to see our website and browse our full 2017 course programme. Tues 6th June 2017 Hares Wed 7th June Sheep Wed 19th July Hares Thurs 20th July Deer Thur 16th Nov Sheep Friday 17th Nov Hens & Cockerels Tue 5th December Hares Wed 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...
Image for Wire Garden Sculptures 'Hen'' or 'Geese' with Susan Nichols  :a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater
Next course on 1st April 2017
Click through above to see our website and browse our full 2016 course programme. Susan Nichols is one of the original Wire garden Sculptures artists in the north of the country and has been running these amazing wire garden sculptures courses for the past nine years - the results of the students work that attend her workshops are second to none and she constantly ensures through the day that her students remain ' on track'...
Image for  Fire By Friction - fire bow drill  - Bushcraft courses UK wide
Fire making with a bow drill. Learn how to make a bow drill from scratch the way our ancestors did and native people still do. You will be able to cook on the fire made from the drill and take the bow home with you to use again. No places will be booked without payment being made on the day of booking and no gift vouchers will be issued without prepayment.
Image for Hands on Lambing 24 hour course at All in a Spin
Next course on 8th April 2017
This 24 hour course (12 noon on Day 1 to 12 noon on Day 2) gives you plenty of opportunity to get ‘hands on’ in the lambing shed under the expert guidance of experienced shepherds Brian and Dunja Roberts on our hill farm in the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park near Crickhowell. After settling in to your accommodation in our 4* holiday cottage on the farm you will be introduced to the farm layout followed...