Course Provider: Charlie Whinney Studio
Contact Name: Charlie Whinney
Telephone: 01539 552 986
2 Beck Head Cottages
Course Length: 2 days teaching + optional 3 days activity
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This is two days of intensive steam-bending tuition from Charlie Whinney (covering beginner and advanced courses), followed by an optional 3 days of collaborative making, with additional tuition and materials. This course is in the village of Caunes in the South of France and is hosted by steam-bender and artistic blacksmith Danny Fenton. The area is famed for its beauty, fantastic food and wine and numerous rivers and places to swim as well as being within reach of the beach and Pyrenees mountains.
We offer 3 price options; course only, course + accommodation (double room), and accommodation only (double room), so if you choose to bring friends/family who do not want to take part in the course that is fine. We have secured a fantastic 5 bedroom house in the village with a swimming pool and games room near to shops and pizzeria, the house is child-friendly and offered on a first-come first served basis
Location - Caunes is a beautiful hill top village in the Minnevois region of South West France.... In 2012 Charlie Whinney Studio created a steam-bent staircase in the Mangeoire café in the town square with Rycotewood graduate Danny Fenton and since then a resident of the town has been to Cumbria to learn steam bending and the work continues…
Dates - Mon 7th August - Sat 12th August 2017 (accommodation available Sun 6th - Sun 13th August
Flights - Carcassonne (25 minutes away), Toulouse or Beziers (90 minutes away), or Montpellier (2hrs way). We have a 9 seater minibus and may be able to offer pick-ups to/from the airport, or hire a car if you plan to do some exploring in the area.
Accommodation - The house we offer works out at £240/week/double room or other options available locally including campsite at 15euros/night.
Excursions - While you are here we can arrange trips to swimming holes, canoeing, beach etc... depending on demand
Food - Refreshments available throughout the day and BBQ/evening meal on the last night.
Sunday 6th August - Arrive anytime - optional meet-up/BBQ depending on numbers.
Monday 7th August - 10am start - We will cover everything normally covered in the 'Beginners Steam-Bending Course' - includes making your own fruit/bowl or lamp to take home.
Tues 8th August - 10am start - We will cover everything normally covered in the 'Advanced Steam-Bending Course'
Wed 9th August (optional) - 10am start - An 'Introduction to Artistic Blacksmithing' with Danny Fenton. 2pm An introduction the making project (a 3m long sculptural screen for the house you are staying in) plus about hour individual/group sessions on your own projects. Receive a 'design challenge' if you choose.
Thurs 10th August (optional) - 10am start - Introduction to days making tasks, plus about hour individual/group sessions on your own projects. Receive a 'design challenge' if you choose.
Fri 11th August (optional) - 10am start - Introduction to days making tasks, plus about hour individual/group sessions on your own projects, finish all the work you want to take home.
Sat 12th August (optional) - We will install the work at some point during the day, all welcome to help/get involved. EVENING BBQ and music
What's included in the price?
All materials and refreshments during the day. You will take home your own steam-bent lampshade or fruit bowl which you will make on the first day plus a lot of other interesting/useful pieces of wood.
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