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Hurdle making courses and workshops across the UK. Learn how to use riven ash and hazel, along with other native timbers, to create hurdles, which are traditional woven fences and gates, and achieve that beautiful rustic look.

Warwickshire - Next course on 24th March 2018
Amanda Rayner, creator of beautiful baskets, garden obelisks, living willow fences, sculptures and more, will be teaching using our home grown willow. You can choose from weaving baskets or stunning frames for climbing plants in your garden. We will work in the old barn so please bring outdoor country clothes and shoes, and a pair of gloves might be helpful if it's the first time you've woven willow. You can book for Saturday or Sunday...
This course will teach you the traditional art of hurdle-making using riven Ash, harvested direct from Court Wood, in the grounds of the historic and beautiful Llanvihangel Court. Court wood is an 11 acre ancient woodland in the shadow of the magical Skirrid Mountain, managed entirely by the volunteers of the Crucorney Environmental Group. Your tutor for the day will be Mick Petts, a woodland sculptor and architect with over 40 years experience, who combines...
Hertfordshire - Next course on 25th March 2018
Learn the ancient skill of weaving hazel into fence panels (hurdles) under the experienced guidance of Hertfordshire's champion hedge-layer Donato Cinicolo. We have six places for adults available. Donato has many years experience working in natural artisan crafts as well as being a photographer and film maker.
Suffolk - Next course on 6th May 2018
This is a practical one-day course which will leave you with the skills to weave a variety of stick materials for hurdle making. We will work primarily with one and two year old willow but for those interested in weaving hazel you can be assured that the techniques are closely similar so you will find all you need to know. Course will include: • Discussion of the growing properties of willow, simple cultivation and a...
Shropshire - Next course on 4th August 2018
Make a Chestnut Gate Hurdle at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Spend a satisfying day developing your woodworking skills crafting a rustic gate hurdle from sweet chestnut. First you will cleft and peel the wood, then shave the rails and staves with a draw knife. Then you will mortise the staves by hand and carve tenons, before fitting it all together, clenching over the nails in the traditional way. The finished hurdle will be approximately...