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Training Directory - Country Craft Short Courses

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Country Craft  - Short Training Courses

 

This section covers craft courses which can be anything using traditional skills e.g. 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.

24/07/2021 Spatulas, Spreaders and Spoons Workshop 1 Day

Wyre Forest, Bewdley, Wyre Community Land Trust 01299488083 events@wyreclt.org.uk c-js.info/3is4SMB

This one-day workshop aims to equip beginners and ‘casual-carvers’ with the basic knife grips and axe techniques to go away and confidently carve simple spatulas, spreaders, and spoons.

Cost £100

30/07/2021 Build a Tiny House 4 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/build-a-tiny-house-6/

Whether you?re planning to build your own home or just want to pick up a range of practical building skills, you?ll gain the knowledge and experience you?re looking for on our hugely popular tiny house course.

Cost £650

02/08/2021 Build a Shed: for absolute beginners 5 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/build-a-shed-for-absolute-beginners-2/

Learn basic carpentry skills while creating a garden getaway. Whether you?ve never touched a saw in your life or you want to improve your range of DIY skills, this course is a fun, relaxed way to learn basic carpentry techniques so you can get started on your next project.

Cost £650

08/08/2021 Green woodworking: spoon carving 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEs1tf

This is a basic introduction to green wood working in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced, followed by an introduction to whittling green wood, safe tool use and carving an item from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

Cost £110

09/08/2021 Building with Straw Bales 5 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/2uWtDvN

If you?re thinking of building your own eco home, workshop or community space, straw bales could be the answer. This five-day introduction to working with straw combines practical hands-on building workshops with talks and tours to give you an in-depth understanding of this versatile, low-impact material.

Cost £650 waged; ?600 low waged / concessions

10/08/2021 Green Wood Stool Making Workshop 3 Days

Wyre Forest, Bewdley, Wyre Community Land Trust 01299488083 events@wyreclt.org.uk c-js.info/3is4SMB

On this course, participants will get the chance to transform a log into their own stool (with either a solid-wood or woven seat) using a shave-horse and a pole-lathe. The course can accommodate beginners as well as those seeking to hone and develop their green woodworking skillset.

Cost £275

14/08/2021 Introduction to Solar P.V. & Off Grid Solar P.V. 2 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/35li6nX

Design, combine and connect a range of different systems as you get to grips with grid-connected and off-grid photovoltaics. A great introduction for anyone who wants to understand how the technology works and get some hands-on practice with different designs.

Cost £240

21/08/2021 Stone carving 2 Days

Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, GL6 7QW, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3xBfOy8

The art of stone carving has been around for a long time. On this course you will experience the satisfaction of being creative and engaging in the creative process by interacting with stone. You will learn the basic techniques of stone carving, the tools required and how you use them.

Cost £110

21/08/2021 Willow Basketmaking 2 Days

Wyre Forest, Bewdley, Wyre Community Land Trust 01299488083 events@wyreclt.org.uk c-js.info/3is4SMB

Over a relaxing two days, Sarah Loughlin from Hopewood Baskets, will teach you to weave a wicker log basket.

Cost £200

27/08/2021 Green woodworking: spoon carving 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEs1tf

This is a basic introduction to green wood working in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced, followed by an introduction to whittling green wood, safe tool use and carving an item from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

Cost £110

28/08/2021 Renewables for Households: heat pumps 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3md8ySy

Heat pumps are often advertised as ?free heat? as for a small amount of energy in (electricity) they can?emit more energy (as heat) out.?Come and explore the science, develop a cost benefit analysis and quantify the emissions reductions of heat pumps, enabling you to decide if a heat pump is right for you.

Cost £70

28/08/2021 Foraging and wild food 0.5 Day

Hill Farm Barn, Leckhampton Hill, GL53 9QL, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEvWGw

Discover a range of seasonal wild foods, whilst exploring the Cotswolds countryside. This is a fantastic opportunity to see what forageable delights await when you venture outdoors. You?ll learn about some key principles of foraging, plus matters of safety, and a little about the laws regarding harvesting wild food.

Cost £55

02/09/2021 Building with lime mortar 2 Days

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Cheltenham, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2PD4DEa

The course is a hands on experience of plastering and stone repairs. One of the important objectives of the course being held here is to repair the fabric of the building. It is aimed at home owners and beginners, learning many tips, tricks and the usual established techniques.

04/09/2021 Earth Oven Building 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/35Dgm9R

Join us for this practical, hands-on day where you learn the subtle arts of working with cob. Anyone can learn how to build their own oven, using natural low-impact materials that are easy to come by.

Cost £70

04/09/2021 Green woodworking: spoon carving 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEs1tf

This is a basic introduction to green wood working in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced, followed by an introduction to whittling green wood, safe tool use and carving an item from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

11/09/2021 Stone carving 2 Days

Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, GL6 7QW, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3xBfOy8

The art of stone carving has been around for a long time. On this course you will experience the satisfaction of being creative and engaging in the creative process by interacting with stone. You will learn the basic techniques of stone carving, the tools required and how you use them.

19/09/2021 Green woodworking: spoon carving 1 Day

The Old Prison, Northleach, GL54 3JH, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEs1tf

This is a basic introduction to green wood working in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced, followed by an introduction to whittling green wood, safe tool use and carving an item from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

02/10/2021 Compost Toilets 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/35qaVe2

Get a foundational understanding of the principles, benefits and limitations of compost toilets. You will learn about Off the shelf systems from ?bucket and chuck it? to more advanced systems, as well as the impacts of urine separation and chamber layout on output quality and quantity.

Cost £70

02/10/2021 Fixing Your Damp House 2 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/2HvBJS4

Recognise the warning signs of damp problems, where past conservation efforts may have gone wrong and explore techniques to reduce or eliminate the problem. Get advice on how to make your home nicer to live in, cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly.

Cost £300

08/10/2021 Spoon Carving 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/34io7lQ

Spend a day in nature discovering the art of spoon carving. A great way to get started with woodworking, covering choosing materials, using tools safely, carving techniques, and drying and finishing. You?ll leave with the skills and knowledge needed to start carving, and with your own home-made spoon!

Cost £65

09/10/2021 Shrink Pot Carving 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3ooPFhJ

Spend a day in a beautiful setting learning how to carve a wooden shrink pot from start to finish. A great way to get started with woodworking, covering choosing materials, using tools safely, carving techniques, and drying and finishing.

Cost £65

09/10/2021 Introduction to Green Woodwork 2 Days

Wyre Forest, Bewdley, Wyre Community Land Trust 01299488083 events@wyreclt.org.uk c-js.info/3is4SMB

This course is aimed primarily at newcomers to the craft, and who would like to try out a variety of green woodwork tools and techniques.

Cost £200

30/10/2021 Build a Small Wind Turbine 2 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3ob7ssx

Join Tom Dixon of?V3 Power?to build a wind turbine yourself, from scratch. Drawing on over ten years of experience, Tom has developed a new design to help you learn the most practical and theoretical skills in a short amount of time.

Cost £240

If you are interested in any of the courses detailed please contact ONLY the person, centre, telephone number or email address and remember to mention that you saw the listing in CJS Training Directory. For all courses assume that booking is required and a fee may be applicable.