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Contact Name: Fay Kenyon

Telephone: 0114 235 6348

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Website: www.ecclesallwoodscraftcourses.co.uk/

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

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Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses's Courses

One day course: Basic bushcraft for kids (aged 8+.) Could you survive in the woods on your own! Learn bushcraft techniques such as shelter building, basic knots and lashing techniques, how to start a fire effectively, how to use a whittling knife to make traditional wooden pegs. We will also look at how to make useful materials such as string a woven willow tray and a woodland mallet. The course is run in a friendly...
Next course on 20th August 2017
Introduction to Pole Lathe Turning - one day course 9:30am-4pm 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 greenwood craft...
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...
This two day course is for anyone who has a little experience at carving spoons or has done some axe and knife carving and would like to push themselves with some new projects. We will learn to carve a selection of small scoops, kuksas and bowls which will give you the knowledge and skills to create more projects at home. Green wood carving is a fantastic skill to learn as it can be done anywhere,...
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...
Next course on 15th October 2017
Cider making one day course Cider (fermented from apples) and perry (from pears) are amongst the oldest drinks produced in the UK. As world leader, Britain is the foremost cider making country in the world and has a marvellous tradition and heritage associated with the products. (Cider is the term for the first pressing with nothing added; cider is made by adding up to ten times water to the volume of apple pomage.) Aims: This...
Next course on 26th November 2017
Frame Basket - a one day course Basket making is one of the oldest of all crafts. It pre-dates pottery and cloth weaving, and led to the invention of both. Each student will craft his or her own frame basket. All materials and tools are provided. This style of basket uses the oldest of techniques, and is a very achievable basket, even with no previous experience necessary. This type of basket also lends itself well...
Next course on 26th August 2017
Greenwood Spoon Carving 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...
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...
Next course on 4th November 2017
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. 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...
Next course on 15th October 2017
Introduction to Greenwood 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...
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...
Introduction to Wood Carving for Kids (The wood carving course is suitable for kids 8yrs+) 10:00am -3:00pm 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...
Introduction to Woodland Coppicing - 9:30am – 4:00pm 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...
Iron Smelting/Bloom Making course One day Course based at the Discovery Centre. The day will be spent learning about the use of iron and how to smelt it and produce a bloom, tutored by experts in their field. Iron smelting and Blooming - Introduction to metallurgy This talk looks 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...
Leather axe and knife sheath making in Ecclesall Woods. Ruth Pullan is a leatherworker based in Yorkshire who specialises in hand stitched leather work using British materials and traditional techniques. On this day long workshop you will make an axe sheath for your own axe and a knife sheath for a standard Mora style 106/120 carving knife. You will learn how to condition leather, how to finish the edges, how to stitch using two needles...
Longbow Making Course - a three day course in the making of a traditional English Longbow The English longbow is legendary in its prowess and was feared on the battlefield for hundreds of years. Make your very own longbow and become a part of its history. During this three day course you will learn how to fashion your own ash self-longbow starting from an ash log, then learn to make your own bowstring and arrow,...
Next course on 30th September 2017
Make a 3-legged rustic stool. 9:30am-4:00pm 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...
A 2 day Course to introduce you to Green wood craft, using a Pole Lathe, basic craft tools and making simple Rustic furniture. 9.30 - 4 p.m. 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...
Next course on 3rd November 2017
Make your very own willow lantern (aged 8+) Stand out this Halloween and bonfire night with your very own handmade lantern. This course will provide you with all the materials, tools and information to create your own willow lantern that you can use over and over again at festivals, lantern processions and Halloween! We will learn the art of bending soaked willow to create a lantern shape of your choice and attach it using basic...
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...
Next course on 24th November 2017
Reindeer Making Workshop - a one day traditional wood working course 9:30am-4:00pm 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...
Next course on 8th October 2017
Ever wanted somewhere to hang your hat? On this course you will make your own unique coat board using locally sourced hardwoods. This course is run at the J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre. Arrive: 15 minutes prior to a 9:30am start Depart: 4pm, although this is approximate. Directions: Please look at the map featured on the website. What to bring: work clothes, pen and notebook, packed lunch Let us know: if you have any...
Next course on 5th November 2017
Tool Sharpening - one day course 9:30am-4pm 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...
Next course on 10th September 2017
Walking Stick Course 9:30am-4:00pm 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....
Next course on 18th November 2017
Willow Garden Structures - a one day course 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...
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...