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Midlothian - Next course on 24th March 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...
London - Next course on 7th April 2018
These one day workshops are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will take down a dry stone wall (DSW) and stack out in the appropriate manner. You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the different material, the engineering terms and descripton of stones used. You will receive, and discuss, an overview into the construction of...
Cheshire - Next course on 22nd March 2018
Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire. Please get in touch to enquire or book your place. Further dates will also be planned for later in 2018. The day will cover basic spinning techniques and plying - aiming to finish with one or more skeins of your own handspun yarn! The course is aimed at beginner spinners but I can cater for any level of...
Shropshire - Next course on 1st June 2018
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...
Bedfordshire - Next course on 14th April 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...
Greater Manchester - Next course on 24th March 2018
Two day dry stone walling courses on Saddleworth Moor, plus locations throughout the North and close enough for people in the Midlands. Our usual rendezvous is at 08:45 hrs prompt in Diggle Hotel car park, Saddleworth. This is next to Bill’s B&B if you are staying there – Bill owns the land where we build – you can literally roll to the wall from your bed! On occasion we run the course at other locations...
Gloucestershire - Next course on 24th March 2018
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...
East Sussex - Next course on 24th March 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) baskets and woven spherical polyhedra.
Shropshire - Next course on 26th May 2018
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,...
Gloucestershire - Next course on 7th April 2018
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...