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Country Craft Courses

This section covers craft courses which can be anything using traditional skills eg hurdle making, felting or basketweaving.  Although some of these may not be necessary to your ultimate work related goals they are complementary to an all-round countryside knowledge and are vital in keeping alive ancient skills and traditions; and they all make for a enjoyable, informative experience.


July 2019

20/07/2019    Bronze casting    1 Day

Butser Ancient Farm, Butser Ancient Farm. Contact: 0239 2598838 volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Learn to bronze cast and make an axe head or knife

Cost £175.00


20/07/2019    Stool Making    2 Days

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/741/stool-making

Master the basics of green wood furniture making, craft a simple, robust and beautiful 3-legged stool from fresh logs. Learn the key skills and techniques of traditional furniture making, the history and traditions of a practice that has been ongoing for centuries and take home with your own beautiful/comfortable creation.

Cost £215.00


20/07/2019    Lime Mortar - Beginners    2 Days

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/768/lime-mortar-beginners

This two day course is for anyone wanting some "hands on" experience repairing and restoring a Cotswold building using lime mortar techniques. It is an intense course to repair the fabric of the building using different mixes and applications. No prior experience or knowledge is required.

Cost £120.00


20/07/2019    Stone Carving - Beginners    2 Days

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/718/stone-carving-beginners

From Gargoyles on catherdral rooves to garden sculptures, the art of stone carving has been around for a long time. Learn the basic techniques of stone carving, the tools required and how you use them. You can expect to have completed a simple sculpture, whether it be a human face, your favourite animal, or a bowl.

Cost £99.00


20/07/2019    Blacksmithing Improvers - Strap hinge forging    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/699/blacksmithing-improvers-strap-hinge-forging-new-course

During the improvers day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a specific focus on forging a strap hinge. These strap hinges are longer hinges attached to the face of the door, and often found on traditional agricultural buildings. Various techniques will be demonstrated and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £198.00


22/07/2019    Garden Stained Glass    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

This two-day course gives an opportunity to explore this traditional craft and to make for yourself a 25cm square flower panel using the leaded technique. There will be a choice of colours to use for the flower and background.

Cost £270.00


26/07/2019    Willow Weaving - Flowers    1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-07-26-willow-weaving-flower

Create stunning willow flowers to decorate your home and garden.

Cost £40.00


30/07/2019    Blacksmithing Improvers - Tongs forging    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/713/blacksmithing-improvers-tongs-forging-only-1-place-left

During the improvers day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a specific focus on forging a set of tongs to take home. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £198.00


August 2019

01/08/2019    The Wildlife Garden Sketchbook    4 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

The wildlife and vegetable garden will provide inspiration and a variety of subject matter to illustrate, using a range of media, in a British made watercolour sketchbook. Taught by Sarah Morrish.

Cost £208.00


03/08/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/673/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


03/08/2019    Yoga Retreat (One Day)    1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-08-03-yoga-retreat-one-day

Relax and enjoy the unique and beautiful setting of Nower Wood through taking part in this one day Yoga retreat.

Cost £65.00


05/08/2019    Coracle Making    4 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

A coracle is one of the most ancient boat designs, only a few small technical steps more advanced than a raft. During this week-long course you will be able to construct your own coracle using willows for the framework and thin canvas for the skin, and hew your own paddle if time allows.

Cost £470.00


05/08/2019    Make Your Own Willow Coffin (Intermediate)    4 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Willow coffins are completely natural and biodegradable and are among the most environmentally friendly coffins available. On this course you will learn how to make a decorative oval willow coffin, with sisal rope handles, a wooden base and lid with a wooden centre.

Cost £450.00


05/08/2019    Blacksmithing - Parent / Carer and Child day    1 Day

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/708/blacksmithing-parent-carer-and-child-day-new-course

During this fun and easily paced day, parents / carers and children can learn about some of the basic techniques of blacksmithing while forging an item to take home, whether a simple ornament, plant pot holder or other object that reflects your own interests! The instructor David Joy is definitely open to suggestions.

Cost £120.00


09/08/2019    Making Mosaics    3 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Make something beautiful for your house or garden with this ancient fascinating art. This course in mosaic art will teach you the basics through to some more advanced techniques in practice and theory. Suitable for all levels. Reasonable dexterity required to handle nippers.

Cost £405.00


10/08/2019    Hay rake    1 Day

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Small Woods Association. Contact: 01952 432769 judithadams@smallwoods.org.uk www.smallwoods.org.uk

Working with an ash log split and make a traditional hay rake. Choice from a range of traditional rake head designs and make and secure tines and fit.

Cost £80.00


11/08/2019    Bronze casting    1 Day

Butser Ancient Farm, Butser Ancient Farm. Contact: 0239 2598838 volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Learn to bronze cast and make an axe head or knife

Cost £175.00


12/08/2019    Blacksmithing Improvers - Strap hinge forging    1 Day

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/700/blacksmithing-improvers-strap-hinge-forging-new-course

During the improvers day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a specific focus on forging a strap hinge. These strap hinges are longer hinges attached to the face of the door, and often found on traditional agricultural buildings. Various techniques will be demonstrated and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £198.00


13/08/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/674/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


15/08/2019    How to use Flax to make twine/cordage    0.5 Day

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/760/how-to-use-flax-to-make-twinecordage

During the 3 hour workshop participants will learn about flax fibre and which parts produce the best twine and rope. They will then work through the processes to produce some twine, working with hand tools and a twine making machine - the twine and cordage you make is yours to keep.

Cost £35.00


16/08/2019    Willow Sculpture Course    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Join us for an inspiring weekend creating your very own willow sculpture. This course provides an opportunity for you to learn all about willow, how to grow it, prepare it and sculpt it to form three-dimensional works of art.

Cost £289.00


17/08/2019    Blacksmithing two-day workshop    2 Days

Butser Ancient Farm, Butser Ancient Farm. Contact: 0239 2598838 volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Two-day blacksmithing workshop

Cost £240.00


17/08/2019    Hazel stick stool    1 Day

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Small Woods Association. Contact: 01952 432769 judithadams@smallwoods.org.uk www.smallwoods.org.uk

A great introduction to green wood crafts, you will make a stool using hazel rods using mortise and tenon joints and split hazel, selecting suitable material, tool selection and maintenance. Choose from a range of designs or make a unique stool suited to your needs.

Cost £85.00


17/08/2019    Carve a Green Man Wall Hanging    2 Days

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-08-17-carve-green-man-wall-hanging

Expert wood carvers will assist you in making your own green man wall hanging,

Cost £165.00


17/08/2019    Lime Mortar - Beginners    2 Days

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/769/lime-mortar-beginners

This two day course is for anyone wanting some hands on experience repairing and restoring a Cotswold building using lime mortar techniques. It is an intense course to repair the fabric of the building using different mixes and applications. No prior experience or knowledge is required.

Cost £120.00


17/08/2019    Stone Carving - Beginners    2 Days

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/719/stone-carving-beginners

From Gargoyles on catherdral rooves to garden sculptures, the art of stone carving has been around for a long time. Learn the basic techniques of stone carving, the tools required and how you use them. You can expect to have completed a simple sculpture, whether it be a human face, your favourite animal, or a bowl.

Cost £99.00


23/08/2019    Coracle making    3 Days

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Small Woods Association. Contact: 01952 432769 judithadams@smallwoods.org.uk www.smallwoods.org.uk

Make your own Coracle and paddle. Learn techniques for bending ash laths to shape, nailing, clenching nails and fixing and tailoring the calico cover ready 3 coats of waterproofing with. You will leave with a finished coracle and paddle ready for the Coracle Regatta on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Cost £350.00


24/08/2019    Hand Built Ceramics    1 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Come and spend some time developing your ceramics skills in a relaxing, supportive environment. A day spent learning hand building techniques so that you are able to roll out and build from slabs of clay.

Cost £65.00


24/08/2019    2 day Introduction to Bushcraft    2 Days

Forres, Wild things!. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk www.wild-things.org.uk

Introduction to Bushcraft For Outdoor Leaders is an accredited two-day course for anyone who is looking to embark on the first steps into the world of bushcraft and traditional living skills.

Cost £120.00


24/08/2019    Stool Making    2 Days

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/742/stool-making

Master the basics of green wood furniture making, craft a simple, robust and beautiful 3-legged stool from fresh logs. Learn the key skills and techniques of traditional furniture making, the history and traditions of a practice that has been ongoing for centuries and take home with your own beautiful/comfortable creation.

Cost £215.00


25/08/2019    Beginners Jewellery Enamelling    1 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Throughout this one-day workshop we will explore two different enamelling processes on copper, allowing us to experiment with colour pattern and surface texture. Emily will demonstrate and guide you through each enamelling process as well as some of her own experimental mark making techniques.

Cost £65.00


26/08/2019    Bookbinding and Book Repairs for Beginners and Improvers    4 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings, this course is equally suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, since tuition is given according to individual needs.

Cost £520.00


29/08/2019    Gate Hurdle Making    1 Day

The Sustainability Centre, The Sustainability Centre. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://c-js.info/2R9SYqS

Learn traditional wood working techniques to make your own sweet chestnut gate hurdle on this one day course in the Hampshire South Downs. Using a shavehorse and other traditional hand tools including drawknife, twybil, brace, side axe and hammer, you will learn to create your own hurdles to take home.

Cost £85.00


30/08/2019    Wallpaper Weekend Workshop    3 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Create your own plant-inspired repeat patterns and design before printing a length by hand, with Hugh Dunford Wood.

Cost £261.00


30/08/2019    Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Beginners and improvers are equally welcome on this weekend calligraphy course, since the tuition can easily be adapted to meet everyone's individual needs. You will be encouraged to work in one or more calligraphy scripts, for example Formal or Cursive Italic, Foundational Hand, Uncial, Versal or other capitals..

Cost £270.00


30/08/2019    Stained Glass for Beginners and Near Beginners    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

This practical, hands-on course is an introduction for beginners and will also welcome improvers who might appreciate the opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop their technique and creative ideas within a small group, under the supervision of an experienced tutor.

Cost £270.00


30/08/2019    Paper Sculpting and Casting in Nature    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Casting from nature in Papier Mâché and Carton-Pierre. The aim of the course will be divided into three arts; making casts of found and sculpted objects, casting in Papier Mâché and Carton-Pierre and decorating the assembled work.

Cost £289.00


30/08/2019    Willow Weaving-Round basket    1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-08-30-willow-weaving-round-basket

Create your own extremely useful round willow basket.

Cost £65.00


31/08/2019    Spoon Carving    1 Day

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/739/spoon-carving

This is a fantastic way to learn the basics of green wood carving. At the end you will have made your own spoon to use and show your friends. Start with a single fresh log, you will cleave it down, create the shape and then finish with various knives to smooth and perfect your spoon.

Cost £unknown


September 2019

01/09/2019    Flint knapping    1 Day

Butser Ancient Farm, Butser Ancient Farm. Contact: 0239 2598838 volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Learn to work with flint and make tools

Cost £75.00


01/09/2019    Woodland Sketching    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2LxeO8N

Join artist Carol Baker for a day of sketching trees in the ancient woodland of Nower Wood. She will be helping you to use various pencils and charcoal to capture the beauty of nature.

Cost £60.00


05/09/2019    Astronomy Evening - First Quarter Moon    1 Day

Bay Pond, Godstone RH9 8LT, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2LADLQH

Discover the beauty of the first quarter moon through high powered telescopes. The Edenbridge and District Astronomers Club will also guide you in viewing Jupiter, Saturn and the rest of the night sky.

Cost £8.00


06/09/2019    Roof Rafters - Timber Framing II    1 Day

The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HR, The Sustainability Centre. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://c-js.info/2KS2ijE

On this one day roundwood timber framing masterclass, you will be laying out roof rafters and braces for a roundwood timber cruck frame using local winter felled wood. This will result in finishing the roof structure for the timber framed shed built on the previous Round Wood Timber Framing I course.

Cost £95.00


07/09/2019    Make a Stained Glass Panel in a Day!    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

This beginners' day course gives an opportunity to explore this traditional craft and to make for yourself a 20cm square stained glass panel using the leaded technique.

Cost £90.00


07/09/2019    Wyrd Ways    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-09-07-wyrd-ways-07092019

Using a mixture of history, literature and poetry Alistair Duncan guides you on an exploration on the notion of 'Wyrd' - a concept from Anglo-Saxon relating to fate, destiny and the natural world

Cost £45.00


07/09/2019    Blacksmithing Taster Day    1 Day

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/675/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


07/09/2019    Thatching - Taster Day    1 Day

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/776/thatching-taster-day

This course is a taster to introduce you to wheat straw thatching. You can expect to learn about: a brief history of thatching, the materials used, splitting hazel to make fixings, methods of fixing a thatch coat onto a traditional wooden roof and trimming eves and gables using traditional tools.

Cost £99.00


14/09/2019    Monoprinting    1 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

A one-day workshop exploring monoprinting using three different methods that are characterised by line, tone and texture. Local printmaker Hester Cox will demonstrate these spontaneous and direct techniques and then participants will try them for themselves.

Cost £65.00


14/09/2019    Jams & Chutneys    1 Day

The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HR, The Sustainability Centre. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://c-js.info/2KS2ijE

Learn how to make delicious preserves from foraged and home grown ingredients on this training course in the Hampshire South Downs. We will make a chutney and a fruit jam on the course and participants will be able to get hands-on with every stage of the process.

Cost £65.00


15/09/2019    Introduction to Bobbin Lace    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Learn basic techniques in bobbin lace to produce a wearable piece of lace (brooch/pendant). Techniques include preparing the equipment to start, working and completing the piece of lace, to mounting the lace (if required).

Cost £80.00


15/09/2019    Beginners Jewellery Enamelling    1 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Throughout this one-day workshop we will explore two different enamelling processes on copper, allowing us to experiment with colour pattern and surface texture. Emily will demonstrate and guide you through each enamelling process as well as some of her own experimental mark making techniques.

Cost £65.00


17/09/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/676/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


21/09/2019    Treewrighting and timber-framing course    1 Day

Sylva Wood Centre, OX14 4QT, Sylva Foundation. Contact: 01865 408018 info@sylva.org.uk www.sylva.org.uk/courses

During this one-day course you will learn and develop skills in the making of a timber-frame using traditional tools and techniques. Teaching will be provided by highly experienced craftspeople in the Carpenters' Fellowship.

Cost £100.00


21/09/2019    Silver working introduction    1 Day

Butser Ancient Farm, Butser Ancient Farm. Contact: 0239 2598838 volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Get started in silver working

Cost £110.00


21/09/2019    Fire-making Skills (without matches) Level 2    1 Day

Dernwood Farm, Heathfield, TN21, Native Hands. Contact: ruby@nativehands.co.uk https://c-js.info/2TiRTyh

Make fire by friction with a bow-drill & make your own set to take home, foraging your materials from the woods. An opportunity to work on your technique, build confidence & increase your success with this method. A deeply satisfying way to make fire. Beginners welcome.

Cost £90.00


22/09/2019    Silver rings    1 Day

Butser Ancient Farm, Butser Ancient Farm. Contact: 0239 2598838 volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Make two silver rings

Cost £110.00


24/09/2019    Blacksmithing Improvers - Strap hinge forging    1 Day

Venue to be confirmed, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/701/blacksmithing-improvers-strap-hinge-forging-new-course

During the improvers day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a specific focus on forging a strap hinge. These strap hinges are longer hinges attached to the face of the door, and often found on traditional agricultural buildings. Various techniques will be demonstrated and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £198.00


28/09/2019    Make your own pallet furniture day    1 Day

Bickley Hall Farm, Malpas, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-09-28-make-your-own-pallet-furniture-day

Make your own pallet masterpiece with us in our Create for Nature workshop. Training, tools and materials provided, just bring along your creativity!

Cost £75.00


28/09/2019    Greenwood Working Special Workshop    1 Day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-09-28-greenwood-working-special-workshop

Make a shrink pot storage container from a combination of greenwood and dry wood.

Cost £55.00


October 2019

04/10/2019    Autumn Plants in Watercolour    3 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Explore the rich colours and varied forms of autumn berries, fruits, seed heads and flowers in this botanical painting workshop, with Christina Hart-Davies.

Cost £220.00


05/10/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/677/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


05/10/2019    Relight Your Fire - With the right Logs    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2LyOtXZ

Ensure your log fire/wood burner is as effective and energy efficient as possible by using the correct logs.

Cost £25.00


06/10/2019    Willow Skep Weaving    1 Day

Monmouth, Bees for Development. Contact: 01600 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org https://c-js.info/2w4hcuw

This is a unique course, in which expert Chris Park will teach you how to weave a willow skep and how to cover it with cloom. During the day all aspects of beekeeping in skeps, ancient and modern will be discussed. The course cost includes all materials needed for your skep. Covering your skep with cloom is optional!

Cost £95.00


15/10/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/678/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


18/10/2019    Woodblock Printmaking    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Using the stunning landscape and natural environment of Flatford Mill as inspiration, this practical and hands-on course will introduce you to woodblock printing techniques.

Cost £270.00


25/10/2019    Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Beginners and improvers are equally welcome on this weekend calligraphy course, since the tuition can easily be adapted to meet everyone's individual needs. You will be encouraged to work in one or more calligraphy scripts, for example Formal or Cursive Italic, Foundational Hand, Uncial, Versal or other capitals.

Cost £270.00


25/10/2019    Jewellery Making Weekend: Enamelling and Silver Clay    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

An opportunity to explore two different jewellery disciplines in one weekend; plus a few general jewellery making techniques to make your pieces into wearable art.

Cost £330.00


25/10/2019    Stained Glass: Painting with Light    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

This course is suitable for all abilities since there will be time for everyone to learn and practise the appropriate skills they need to design and create at least one leaded stained glass panel. Basic design concepts, different types of glass, glass cutting and leading techniques will all be covered.

Cost £310.00


November 2019

07/11/2019    Climate Change - Be Empowered to Act    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FRqcZw

It is not too late to make a difference. Become inspired to help change our future. Watch the award winning film 'Tomorrow' before learning ways that you can truly make a difference from blogger and motivational speaker 'Sustainable Steph'.

Cost £15.00


08/11/2019    Willow Stick Platters    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Richard and Suzanne Kerwood of Windrush Willow will guide you through making your stick platter, also known as a Catalonian tension tray.

Cost £89.00


08/11/2019    Stained Glass for Beginners and Near Beginners    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

This practical, hands-on course is an introduction for beginners and will also welcome improvers who might appreciate the opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop their technique and creative ideas within a small group, under the supervision of an experienced tutor.

Cost £270.00


09/11/2019    Rope Weave Round Baskets    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Join Richard and Suzanne Kerwood of Windrush Willow who will guide you through making your rope weave basket, using traditional techniques for working willow.

Cost £89.00


09/11/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/679/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


10/11/2019    Willow Balls and Hearts    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Using a random method of weaving, Richard and Suzanne Kerwood of Windrush Willow will teach you how to create balls and hearts for decoration or gifts.

Cost £89.00


15/11/2019    Weaving Christmas Decorations    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Participants will learn how to create a willow wreath base which they will decorate with evergreen material and some festive items such as orange slices, basic ribbon, cones and apples.

Cost £80.00


16/11/2019    Lino Printmaking Workshop Weekend    2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

In this two-day practical, fun approach to lino printing workshop you will learn the fundamentals of lino printing, from drawing and carving your image, to the inking and printing process.

Cost £188.00


16/11/2019    Stained Glass: Christmas Wreath    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

On this one-day course you will make a copperfoiled glass Christmas wreath, (approximately 28cm circumference). The course is a practical one and includes glass cutting, copperfoiling and soldering..

Cost £90.00


17/11/2019    Making Glass Stars for Christmas!    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

On this one-day course you will learn to make hanging copperfoiled glass stars. You will have time to make three stars, varying in size from 11 - 19cm. If there is enough time, you can make additional stars, although there will be a charge for the extra materials.

Cost £90.00


19/11/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/680/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


22/11/2019    Willow Hamper Weaving    1 Day

Sherwood Pines Forest, Forestry Commission. Contact: 0300 067 5463 karina.thornton@forestryengland.uk www.forestryengland.uk/forest-event/events-sherwood-pines/willow-hamper-weaving

Spend the day learning traditional basketry skills to make a Christmas hamper - perfect for a hand-made gift. Using willow you will learn to weave a beautiful Zarzo basket - a traditional Mediterranean design originally used in cheese making. The course is designed for complete beginners.

Cost £50.00


23/11/2019    Willow Crafts for Christmas    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Join us for a thoroughly festive willow weekend creating beautiful crafts to decorate your home or garden or to give away as lovely gifts. This course provides an opportunity for you to learn all about willow, how to grow it, prepare it and weave with it using a variety of techniques.

Cost £289.00


23/11/2019    Wildlife Mosaics    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FT50lN

Be inspired by a walk through the woods before creating a wildlife mosaic.

Cost £40.00


24/11/2019    Needle Felted Festive Robins    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Create your own festive robin from sustainable coloured fleece, to decorate your home with or to give as a gift, with Carla Taylor.

Cost £79.00


28/11/2019    Christmas Wreath Making    1 Day

Bore Place, TN8 7AR, Bore Place. Contact: 01732 463255 hello@boreplace.org www.boreplace.org/whats-on/4221/christmas-wreath-making

Using resources sourced from the grounds at Bore Place, you will learn simple techniques to combine natural and found materials into a unique Christmas decoration. No previous experience or knowledge is necessary.

Cost £49.00


28/11/2019    Coppicing    1 Day

East Lothian, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

Gain practical skills and learn who to coppice a woodland with confidence. By the end of the course you will understand what coppice is, how coppice is organised & its history and its benefit to wildlife.

Cost £unknown


29/11/2019    Deer Butchery November    1 Day

The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HR, The Sustainability Centre. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://c-js.info/2KS2ijE

A whole deer in a day course - learn butchery and cookery skills on this intimate, 4 person training course in the Hampshire South Downs. We promise you the most delicious, melt-in-the-mouth meat that you will have ever tasted, all prepared by your own fair hands.

Cost £150.00


30/11/2019    Lino Printing for Christmas    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FT5eJF

Use nature as your inspiration when learning to carve an image into lino that can then be used for printing onto card and paper.

Cost £55.00


December 2019

06/12/2019    Weave an Angel    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Learn to weave this very popular willow angel which can be decorated with lights or any other touches that you would like to add to make it unique. This will be followed by weaving some traditional Christmas decorations.

Cost £80.00


07/12/2019    Christmas Cards and Gift Tags in Cut Paper Collage    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Create colourful, vibrant Christmas cards, matching gift tags or small Christmas pictures in cut paper collage. Taught by Penny Brown.

Cost £80.00


07/12/2019    Enamelling for Beginners and Improvers    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

In this one-day workshop you will use a choice of copper blanks in shapes such as dragonflies to embrace our natural environment. You will learn how to fuse glass to copper in the kiln at temperatures starting from 750°C to create wonderful glass jewellery.

Cost £90.00


07/12/2019    Stained Glass: Christmas Wreath    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

On this one-day course you will make a copperfoiled glass Christmas wreath, (approximately 28cm circumference). The course is a practical one and includes glass cutting, copperfoiling and soldering.

Cost £90.00


07/12/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/681/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00


07/12/2019    Green Woodworking    1 Day

Tinsley Green, Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-12-07-an-introduction-to-green-woodworking-07122019

This introductory practical course will cover the properties and uses of green wood; harvesting, cleaving and shaving techniques and will teach the skills required to create simple craft objects from greenwood. We will use traditional hand tools such as draw-knives, shave horse, bill hooks and hand drills and any items create throughout the day will be yours to take home.

Cost £unknown


07/12/2019    Christmas Wreath Making    1 Day

Stirling, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

Get yourself into the festive spirit this December by getting hands on with natural materials and making your own seasonal wreath. Learn how to create a handcrafted wreath with an assortment of local natural foliage, pine cones, ribbons, tree cookies and recycled Christmas decorations.

Cost £unknown


07/12/2019    Christmas Wreath Making - Saturday AM    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2LA0g8d

Get into the festive spirit by making a spectacular door wreath using natural materials.

Cost £30.00


07/12/2019    Christmas Wreath Making - Saturday PM    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FQROht

Get into the festive spirit by making a spectacular door wreath using natural materials.

Cost £30.00


08/12/2019    Christmas Felting    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Spend a day creating presents or decorations using handcrafted feltmaking techniques. In this one-day class, Toni Peers will cover both wet and needle felting techniques that can be used to create decorations or presents.

Cost £90.00


08/12/2019    Stained Glass: Make Your Own Christmas Decorations    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

On this one-day course you will learn to make hanging copperfoiled glass Christmas decorations, with new designs for 2019 and, if there is enough time, you can make additional items, although there will be a charge for the extra materials.

Cost £105.00


08/12/2019    Christmas Wreath Making - Sunday    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FPwFny

Get into the festive spirit by making a spectacular door wreath using natural materials.

Cost £30.00


09/12/2019    Bookbinding and Book Repairs for Beginners and Improvers    4 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

Covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings, this course is equally suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, since tuition is given according to individual needs.

Cost £520.00


16/12/2019    Blacksmithing - Taster Day    1 Day

Northleach, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board . Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/682/blacksmithing-taster-day

During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.

Cost £120.00



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