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Archipelago Folkschool

Contact Name: Ben Wilde

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Scotnish Lodge
Tayvallich
Tayvallich, Lochgilphead
Argyll and Bute
PA318PG

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Archipelago Folkschool's Courses

£200
Central
A different approach to life drawing. Over a weekend in Glasgow, Cathy Weir will host an introduction to life drawing followed by a workshop in traditional relief carving where we will translate our drawn studies of the nude form into flat carved wooden tiles. Don't worry if you've never done life drawing or wood carving before. We teach everything you might need to know and it's a great chance to learn how to create artistic...
£950
Highlands
This week long introduction to blacksmithing is a holiday with a difference. With have tuition by artisan blacksmith Andy of Feather Forge, this is a week long course for beginners. We’ll start by learning the basics of moving metal with hammer and anvil, along with managing a traditional coal forge, before progressing to forge your very own set of fire irons to take home. Every student will have their own forge and anvil to work...
£1000
Highlands
On this residential week long course you'll learn the fundamentals of boatbuilding as we work to build two rowing boats. Over the week, with a group of 6 people, we will build two lightweight plywood rowing boats from start to finish, before launching them to see how they work. The boat is built with traditional techniques, so we’ll spend a lot of time with hand planes, getting our heads around bevels and changing angles. It's...
£800
Argyll and Bute - Next course on 20th July 2019
On this residential week long course you'll learn the fundamentals of boatbuilding as we work to build two rowing boats. Over the week, with a group of 6 people, we will build two lightweight plywood rowing boats from start to finish, before launching them to see how they work. The boat is built with traditional techniques, so we’ll spend a lot of time with hand planes, getting our heads around bevels and changing angles. It's...
£400
Argyll and Bute
As part of our commitment towards broadening the reach of traditional craft, and creating discussion around the role it can play in society, we are offering this special week in our programme as an artist residency. This is a unique opportunity to discover and explore the traditional techniques and materials of boatbuilding, and to refresh your practice in a beautiful location. As with our core residential boatbuilding course, we will build one Caravelle rowing skiff...
£450
Argyll and Bute
ooking for something different for the school holidays? How about building a boat as a family? We’re teaming up with Haund an ee, experts in creative youth work, to offer something new. Over the week, each family (ages 7-16) will build a boat of their own to take away. We will be making the Echo Bay Dory Skiff – a 11’7” simple flat bottomed boat, the smaller sister of the Caravelle which we build on...
£175
Central
In traditional boatbuilding, the half model was often the starting point for the design of a boat. Shaped out of a solid block by hand and eye, the hull would be created intuitively. For us it’s a great way to learn how to read boat plans and how to use hand tools to turn 2D into 3D. We will be working with drawknifes, block planes, spokeshaves and chisels to create the complex curves of the...
£1050
Argyll and Bute - Next course on 3rd August 2019
Build your own sea kayak in a week! Wooden sea kayaks are lighter and prettier than any other kind of boat (in our opinion). Made of very thin plywood with fibreglass reinforcement, we work with modern techniques to create a fast and responsive boat, individually fitted to you. The boats we build are light enough to lift with one hand, go fast, handle well and look beautiful. You will be the envy of the loch...
£300
Highlands
Explore the land in depth with visual artists Kim Rebecca and Hana Wilde. A weekend working creatively with our surroundings, using a range of textile and printmaking techniques to immerse ourselves fully in the landscape. Through sculpture, mark-making and recording, we will discover the potential in natural materials, colours, tools and processes. The weekend takes place at the beautiful Drumsyniebeg Farm in Argyll. Nestled in the hills near Loch Goil the farm is a peaceful...
£200
Central
Letter carving is a joyful way to spend time, and a great skill to acquire. Over a weekend we will learn a range of techniques, and everyone will get a chance to carve a name plate for their house, bedroom or office door. We start the weekend with some basic chisel techniques before talking about letter shapes and layout. Quite quickly we'll move into working on an individual carving on a piece of Oak. At...
£250
Central
Oar making is a fine and subtle art; part sculpture, part science- making something strong yet lightweight. We will talk about how to size an oar properly and how to select timber, before moving on to make an oar each, using hand tools from drawknifes and spokeshaves to handplanes. If you would like to make oars for a specific boat, we can help to make sure they are the right size. We can also provide...
£200
Highlands
A joyful weekend at Drumsyniebeg as Anna Wynne teaches the craft of spoon carving. Working with axes and knives, the weekend will take you through basic to more complex techniques to whittle your own set of beautiful wooden cutlery to take home and use in the kitchen. Spoon carving is a wonderful way to learn the fundamentals of woodwork.
£750
Argyll and Bute
Archipelago Folkschool is a feminist organisation. We are committed to breaking down barriers that might stop people from participating in traditional crafts, and we work to challenge the gender imbalance that currently exists in the boatbuilding industry. This week-long course has the same structure as our boatbuilding weeks on Scoraig and Iona, but it is taught by women, for women.