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!
New for 4th August:- DSW Feature to include an Arched Sheep Creep\
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...
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...
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...
Weave a contemporary abstract figure to complement your garden.
This two and a half day course will teach you how to create an abstract figure using similar techniques to those employed for making willow obelisks.
Using a support jig, you will learn how to arrange and bind stakes before weaving, and then use two traditional weaves to form a strong woven band at the base of your figure. You will then learn how to continue...
The Dala Horse is a traditional symbol of Sweden.These horses were carved by men working in the forests during long winter evenings and brought back to the village for the children to play with. This is how the little wooden horse from Dalarna became a treasured object. These simple wooden horses were later painted in bright colours inspired by the flower patterns painted on furniture and walls in the region.
Why not try your hand...
Make your own traditional wooden rake to take home.
This course is a great opportunity to learn new skills in a beautiful Woodland setting
Discover how to cleave the wood with a froe and shape with a drawknife and shave horse.
Have a go at making rake tines using the tine cutter.
This course will be run at our site near Warminster. Maximum course size 6 candidates
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.
- Overview of the different types of wax and their differences in candle...
Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire.
Please get in touch to enquire about dates and to book your place.
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 skill. Please let me know what you...
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 -...
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...