Rushmere Farm run these courses as part of a diversification plan that will enable the farm to make the progression towards ecologically sustainable, community focused farming methods. Not only will you be learning skills, enjoying the beautiful Hampshire countryside, and meeting great people, you will also be investing in a food system that has resilience, and an ecosystem of abundance. Furthermore a proportion of our income supports refugees without work.
"This was my second course for stool making with Rushmore Farm organised by George. I really enjoyed the experience first time round and was able to share the weekend this time with my adult son so he is also the proud owner of a green wood stool. The course didn’t disappoint us. We were well tutored by Ivan who guided us through the various stages of the construction offering assistance when needed. A creditable stool can be achieved with little or no previous experience. Daily lunch was transported to the site in the woods by chef Mark who cooked the delicious meals too. Our accommodation was a yurt adjacent to the working area in the wood. It was clean tidy and certainly warm. We spent the evening sitting around the campfire on the Saturday night with a glass of wine. Perfect! As I reviewed before a great ‘get away’ weekend with a lovely result to take home afterwards. Highly recommended. Thanks yet again."
Rushmere Farm Workshops responded:
" Thank you so much for your lovely words. We enjoyed the weekend very much and look forward to seeing you again soon."
"Fantastic setting and facilities for what was an excellent weekend of learning a new craft.
From the felled log to a useable stool. This course has it all. Variety of tools and techniques. Really approachable and friendly course leaders and very experienced in their skills.
Refreshments and sustenance was sublime - home made hearty food for outdoor working. Plenty of tea and cake round the campfire and accommodation in shepherds hut over night was the cherry on the top! Thanks for a great weekend."
Rushmere Farm Workshops responded:
" Thank you so much for these lovely words. We were so delighted you could come and join us for this weekend of woodworking in the woods. We'd love to see you again soon on the farm."
"What a wonderful weekend! I cannot thank Ivan, George and Uncle David enough for such an amazing two days. Everything about it was just magical; the setting was beautiful, the yurt was so cosy, the food was delicious and I'm still amazed that I managed to make such an impressive wooden stool - completely from scratch! I've never done any type of woodwork before, and Ivan is the perfect teacher - calm, patient and great fun. I wish George and his family every success with their fantastic organic farming venture too. You deserve the best of everything. Thank you for such a memorable, restorative and unique weekend."
"This was a beautiful weekend. I thought we would be making a simple three legged stool but ended up with a beautiful herringbone weave topped 4 legged stool. Just two of us in the course meant lots of extra tuition And showing us around the farm
Such fun on the shave horse and we were well looked after with the most beautiful food... Foraged mushroom s, curry, homemade bread, & chocolate brownies...and a well stocked camp kitchen for breakfast after a comfy night in the yurt. We stayed in the lower camp with the lovely loo with a forest view.
Can't recommend highly enough, the skills and care taken by the host to create a wonderful experience."