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J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
Yorkshire
S7 2QZ

Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses
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Bladesmithing in Ecclesall Woods
Platinum AWARD
(7)
Bladesmithing in Ecclesall Woods
Yorkshire - Next course on 10th November 2019
£180
This course can be a stand alone course or can be booked alongside the introduction to blacksmithing. You will learn the basics of blacksmithing and hand forge work and create you very own knife! Forges are hot and can be noisy; Eye & ear protection will be provided and please wear solid boots and clothes suitable for working in (made of natural fibres). Open to all those 16+, interested in traditional and modern crafts, please make any personal requirements known..... Arrive: 15 minutes prior to a 9.30am start Depart: 4.00pm,...
Bronze Smelting and Casting
Platinum AWARD
(7)
Bronze Smelting and Casting
Yorkshire
£85
Bronze Smelting and Casting Introduction to metallurgy: Looking at the evidence for the first use of metals. It reviews the archaeological evidence and considers the problems for those wishing to reconstruct the processes. Pulling swords from Stones: The smelting of minerals: Working in groups of 2-3 this session provides you with the opportunity to transform minerals in to metal. You will reconstruct some of the earliest processes used by humans to win metal from the earth. Casting and cursing: The production of bronze artefacts: In this second practical session you...
Family green wood crafts (11-16yrs)
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Family green wood crafts (11-16yrs)
Yorkshire - Next course on 29th October 2019
£35
Children must be accompanied by an adult Our woodland crafts team have created shavehorses and hand tools specifically for children and young people to use under supervision in our woodland craft areas as part of these fantastic new family workshops. A half day family course introducing children and their accompanying adult to the correct and safe use of a range of green woodworking tools including hand drills, saws, shave horses whittling and draw knives. This course is suitable for complete novices and those with some experience. The course introduces students...
Family green wood crafts (7-11 years)
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Family green wood crafts (7-11 years)
Yorkshire - Next course on 29th October 2019
£35
Children must be accompanied by an adult Our woodland crafts team have created shavehorses and hand tools specifically for children and young people to use under supervision in our woodland craft areas as part of these fantastic new family workshops. A half day family course introducing children and their accompanying adult to the correct and safe use of a range of green woodworking tools including hand drills, saws, shave horses whittling and draw knives. This course is suitable for complete novices and those with some experience. The course introduces students...
Green wood kitchen utensils
Platinum AWARD
Green wood kitchen utensils
Yorkshire
£170
A two day course where you will learn the basics of splitting and shaping greenwood to make a range of kitchen utensils including rolling pins, spurtles (stick for stirring your porridge!), spatulas and chopping boards. Using various tools including knives and small axes, this highly rewarding greenwood craft is suitable for complete novices and those with experience. Useful and beautiful kitchen utensils must be supremely functional, hygienic and fit comfortably in the hand. What better way to ensure all three criteria than to make your own. The course introduces students...
Green wood spoon carving day
Platinum AWARD
(11)
Green wood spoon carving day
Yorkshire
£85
A one-day course with Dave Jackson, basic spoon carving is an excellent, relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different for a day, in the peace and tranquillity of our Woodland Craft Area. Over the day you will learn the basics of the 'age-old' craft of spoon carving using green (unseasoned) wood. You will learn various 'grasps' and carving techniques using a mora carving knife, how to carve with an axe and how to hollow the spoon using a crook or spoon knife. These courses are...
Hazel Hurdle Making - a one day fence making course
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Hazel Hurdle Making - a one day fence making course
Yorkshire
£100
Hazel Hurdle Making - a one day fence making course Hurdles are traditional fence panels that have been used for a variety of different functions over the years, from animal enclosures to walls of houses. This course will give you a chance to learn with Alistair Hayhurst who is a master of this craft. Based in Wirksworth, Derbyshire Alistair sources his materials from sustainably managed woodlands, coppicing and harvesting the materials he uses during the winter months. Aims: To learn the art of hurdle making, by making your own. This...
Improving Greenwood Hand Tool Skills
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Improving Greenwood Hand Tool Skills
Yorkshire
£85
Learn how to get the best from your hand tools for greenwood crafts. This course is designed for people with some existing knowledge of hand tools, who would like to improve their skills and learn useful techniques. Arrive: 15 minutes prior to a 9.30am start Depart: 4.00pm, although this is approximate. Directions: Please look at the map featured on the website. What to bring: work clothes Let us know: if you have any special needs Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £5 admin fee) No refunds for...
Introduction to Blacksmithing in Ecclesall Woods
Platinum AWARD
(7)
Introduction to Blacksmithing in Ecclesall Woods
Yorkshire - Next course on 9th November 2019
£160
An introduction to blacksmithing at the J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre. This day course will introduce you to the basics of Blacksmithing and hand forge work with David Southgate of Forge Four Blacksmithing. Starting with fire control and hand hammer work, you will learn carbon steel forging and make small objects such as a poker or spoon, you will leave with an authentically hand forged object. Forges are hot and can be noisy; Eye & ear protection will be provided and please wear solid boots and clothes suitable for...
Introduction to green wood craft - a three day course
Platinum AWARD
(10)
Introduction to green wood craft - a three day course
Yorkshire - Next course on 22nd November 2019
£250
Introduction to Green wood Craft - a weekend course A 3 day course to introduce you to green wood craft, using a pole lathe, basic craft tools and making simple rustic furniture. Over the course, you will cover the following: Be introduced to basic woodland management and spend part of the first day in the woodland learning how to fell and coppice small trees for greenwood craft and consider different types of native timbers [wood] and what you can make from it. Be introduced to the various types of tools...
Introduction to making charcoal and biochar
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Introduction to making charcoal and biochar
Yorkshire - Next course on 12th October 2019
£85
Introduction to making charcoal and biochar Charcoal was made in Ecclesall woods for the early steel industry. If you wander around it today you can still see the remnants of the old Q pits and the grave of the charcoal maker who met his demise there!! Come and make charcoal with a modern charcoal retort. This will be a day spent in the lovely surroundings of Ecclesall Woods Sawmill learning about how charcoal and biochar is made. There will be two methods of making charcoal demonstrated firstly using the Hookway...
Introduction to Wood Carving for Kids - one day
Platinum AWARD
(1)
Introduction to Wood Carving for Kids - one day
Yorkshire
£35
Introduction to Wood Carving for Kids (The wood carving course is suitable for kids 8yrs+) Learn to safely use a knife, drawknife and shavehorse to create traditional wooden crafts. We will create either a bullroarer or spatula with a drawknife on the shavehorse and learn safe knife whittling techniques and make a letter opener or tent peg. We will also create a gypsy rose on the shavehorse, this can also be used as a very effective kindling. Students will learn a wide variety of carving techniques using different tools safely...
Introduction to woodland coppicing
Platinum AWARD
(1)
Introduction to woodland coppicing
Yorkshire - Next course on 3rd November 2019
£85
Aims This one day coppicing course is designed to introduce students to the specific skills and techniques covering basic theory, providing hands-on practical experience and a tree identification session. The course begins with an introduction and basic health and safety followed by a walk through the woods looking at various compartments that have been coppiced over the years and the benefits of coppicing and the types of native deciduous woodland trees. Aspects covered on the course include planning the work area, looking at various devices, building work breaks and coppice...
Leatherwork: Purse and Belt Making
Platinum AWARD
(3)
Leatherwork: Purse and Belt Making
Yorkshire
£100
Leather purse and belt making in Ecclesall Woods. Please note this is a change of course name and content from the advertised Leatherwork: axe and knife sheath on this date. Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials. Join her for this workshop which will give you the basic skills needed to make a leather belt and a simple coin purse. With these skills you will then be able to go on to make bags, simple sandals and shoes as well...
Logs and dog baskets
Platinum AWARD
Logs and dog baskets
Yorkshire - Next course on 11th October 2019
£170
A two day course where you will learn how to make a log or a dog basket (suitable for a medium sized dog) from scratch on this intensive but fun course. You will be using a variety of beautiful basketry willows, basketry tools and techniques along with some contemporary twists. Working from a hidden wooden base which gives strength, stability and a perfect start to a beautiful basket you will learn how to stake up, wale, weave and create stunning patterns and textures. This highly rewarding traditional craft is suitable...
Make a 3 legged rustic stool - one day
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(10)
Make a 3 legged rustic stool - one day
Yorkshire - Next course on 26th September 2019
£85
Make a 3-legged rustic stool. Make a rustic stool in green wood. What is green wood? Green wood is freshly felled, still sappy wood. To work it requires a set of simple techniques based on an understanding of how wood reacts - both to the tools, and to the dry and shrinking process. Because it is green, the wood is soft and easy to work with hand tools, and because of this, green woodwork creates little waste, and can utilise small trees and logs. It is therefore green in all...
Make a 4 legged jointed stool - green woodworking workshop
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Make a 4 legged jointed stool - green woodworking workshop
Yorkshire - Next course on 22nd September 2019
£85
A one day Course to introduce you to Green wood craft, using a Pole Lathe, basic craft tools and making simple Rustic furniture. Over the course, you will cover the following: 1. Consider different types of native timbers [wood] and what you can make from it. 2. Be introduced to the various types of tools used in Greenwood Craft, and how to use them. 3. Learn the art of 'Cleaving or Reaving' from Hazel rods to large billets of timber.. 4. Use of Cleaving breaks and shaving horses. What they...
Make a rustic four-legged jointed table - a two day course
Platinum AWARD
(3)
Make a rustic four-legged jointed table - a two day course
Yorkshire
£190
A 2 day course to introduce you to green wood craft, using a pole lathe, basic craft tools and making simple rustic furniture. Over the course, you will cover the following: 1. Consider different types of native timbers [wood] and what you can make from it. 2. Be introduced to the various types of tools used in Greenwood Craft, and how to use them. 3. Learn the art of 'Cleaving or Reaving' from Hazel rods to large billets of timber.. 4. Use of Cleaving breaks and shaving horses. What they...
Make an Elm bark container : make cord from elm bark
Platinum AWARD
(1)
Make an Elm bark container : make cord from elm bark
Yorkshire
£85
On the one day course you will be shown how to make cord from Elm bark bast. Cut, shape, fold and stitch Elm bark to make an attractive rustic container/pot. Please let us know if you have any specific requirements or needs. Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £30 admin fee). No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course.
Nest Basket - a one day willow basket making workshop
Platinum AWARD
(1)
Nest Basket - a one day willow basket making workshop
Yorkshire
£85
Nest Basket making workshop with Ecclesall Woods Craft Centre. Come and learn how to make a stunningly beautiful nest basket- a variation of a frame basket based on random tension weave. You will work with a hazel handle and form the basic structural shape of the nest then learn how to weave to make it look random using natural coloured and or stripped willow.. A nice steady introduction to basketry and all will go away with a unique piece. Please note you need a fair degree of manual dexterity in...
Pole lathe turning - one day course
Platinum AWARD
(3)
Pole lathe turning - one day course
Yorkshire - Next course on 10th November 2019
£85
A course to introduce you to green wood craft and how to use a pole lathe. Have you ever wanted to make something amazing but lacked the confidence to have a go? This is the course for you and you will be developing a hobby which connects you with the environment can be profoundly satisfying. Our tutor is a skilled woodsman who makes green wood craft for a living and is keen to enthuse new converts to green woodworking. You will spend the day: 1. Considering different types of wood...
Pyrography for adults [the art of writing with fire]
Platinum AWARD
(1)
Pyrography for adults [the art of writing with fire]
Yorkshire - Next course on 3rd November 2019
£85
Would you like to have a go at a traditional folk art? Have you ever fancied burning designs into a natural surface such as wood or leather? This course is an introduction to anyone who is interested in the art of woodburning or pyrography. The course will start with the basic techniques of pyrography focusing on wood, experimenting with different lines, textures and shading. Once you’ve grasped the basics you can move on to your own project and take home with you your own coaster, keyring, necklace, wooden sign or...
Rustic garden reindeer making workshop
Platinum AWARD
(1)
Rustic garden reindeer making workshop
Yorkshire - Next course on 29th November 2019
£85
Large Reindeer Making Workshop Get into the Christmas spirit with your very own, hand-made rustic Rudolph! This course will provide you with all the materials, tools and know-how and guide you through the process of making an eco-friendly, rustic, wooden reindeer full of character, which can sit proudly in your garden or home. No two reindeer are the same and yours will be personal to you. The course will have a fun and laid back feel to it so why not come along and have a go! This course is...
Square Zarzo basket making
Platinum AWARD
(1)
Square Zarzo basket making
Yorkshire
£85
Learn how to make the square form of this style of stunning contemporary basket using tension weaving and beautiful bindings. Originating from Spain this basket is formed in a very different way from our traditional English stake and strand baskets – each one is a very unique based upon your choice of willow, the number of weavers you choose to use and the tension you put into the basket. Working in white, buff, and or brown willow you can create endless options on pattern and colour. You will also explore...
Stake and Strand Basket Making - one day
Platinum AWARD
(2)
Stake and Strand Basket Making - one day
Yorkshire
£85
Stake and Strand Basket Making - one day course Students will make their own stake and strand basket during this one day course using traditional techniques. Basketry making is the weaving of un-spun vegetable fibres, usually to form a container. Baskets making done from any wood, vine, leaf, or fibre that could be formed into a desirable shape. Basket making survives in many parts of the world today in forms, techniques, and materials similar to those used in past ages. While continuing as a living tradition, it has undergone a...
Tool sharpening - one day
Platinum AWARD
(8)
Tool sharpening - one day
Yorkshire - Next course on 5th October 2019
£65
There is no better way to get in touch with the heritage of Sheffield and its great tradition of steel blade making than learning to sharpen your own tools effectively. Did you know that many tools are sold blunt? Spend the day learning a number of techniques using various sharpening equipment for green woodworking tools, i.e. axes, drawknives, billhooks, turning tools, chisels, slashers in the lovely surroundings of Ecclesall Woods. If you are new to green wood craft this will be a very interesting course and is fundamental to effective...
Two day axe and felling course
Platinum AWARD
(4)
Two day axe and felling course
Yorkshire
£170
Getting the most from your axes This two day course will introduce the variety of different axes and their uses in and around the woods, and then working with wood. You will learn practical tips and techniques on: how to get the best out of your axes knowing the right axe for the right job how to use axes safely and effectively how to keep your axes sharp and in good condition Following introductions, the group will head in the woods to look at felling and forest axes. We will...
Walking stick course at Ecclesall Woods - one day
Platinum AWARD
(14)
Walking stick course at Ecclesall Woods - one day
Yorkshire
£85
Walking Stick Course A one day class in the basic skills involved in making your own sticks. No experience needed but a willingness and ability to use hand tools is essential. Most of the people who come have never made a stick before, but everyone goes home with a complete stick they have made! Anyone with a bit of stick-making knowledge who would like to improve and learn some new tricks is also welcome. Everyone who attends learns how to straighten a stick, attach a steel rod joint to fix...
Willow garden structures - a one day course
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(5)
Willow garden structures - a one day course
Yorkshire - Next course on 2nd November 2019
£100
Willow is an amazing plant. A cut stem can re-root and grow through just being pushed in the ground. It grows incredibly quickly, is tactile, flexible and a joy to work with. On this course you will develop skills and knowledge that can be used over and over in a multitude of ways. You will be introduced to willow as a beautiful material that is easy and very satisfying to work with. Having crafted your very own structure from willow, you will leave the day being able to apply your...
Willow handbag
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Willow handbag
Yorkshire - Next course on 13th October 2019
£85
Make a handbag or shoulder bag using beautiful natural coloured willow and weaves. The handbag will have a hazel or a driftwood handle and the shoulder bag a leather strap. There will be a range to choose from on the day or you can bring your own. You will be using a pre-prepared base which will give you the time and space focus on control of shape/form and producing accurate and aesthetically pleasing weaves. Suitable for those with no/some previous experience. Please let us know if you have any specific...
Wood carving introduction for adults - one day
Platinum AWARD
(1)
Wood carving introduction for adults - one day
Yorkshire
£85
Carving Explorations - sculptural wood carving with seasoned sculptor Jason Turpin Thomson. Bring your idea or work intuitively on the day and begin to discover the techniques to release the carver in you! Jason is a professional artist and sculptor who has over 25 years of experience working to commission in wood, metal and bone. His output ranges from 25ft tall full tree carvings to hand holdable artworks intuitively carved or meticulously planned. ”It all comes back to carving and the freedom of expression to be found in wood. It’s...
Woodland hand felling one day course
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Woodland hand felling one day course
Yorkshire - Next course on 14th November 2019
£85
Intro to woodland hand felling Learn how to fell small trees by hand and how to process them ready for use as firewood, craft material and brash. We will use traditional woodland tools such as a bowsaw, axe, felling lever and rope to fell the trees and a billhook, pruning saw and loppers to process the wood. Trees need to be felled to keep the woodland in a healthy state and to allow other trees to grow to their full capacity. It also allows light onto the woodland floor, creating...
Woodland Pyrography for kids (8 yrs +)
Platinum AWARD
Woodland Pyrography for kids (8 yrs +)
Yorkshire
£35
Kids pyrography course in Ecclesall Woods. Would you like to have a go at a traditional folk art? Have you ever fancied burning designs into a natural surface such as wood or leather? This course is an introduction to anyone who is interested in the art of woodburning or pyrography. The course will start with the basic techniques of pyrography focusing on wood, experimenting with different lines, textures and shading. Once you’ve grasped the basics you can move on to your own project and take home with you your own...