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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.

19/10/2020 Bramble Baskets 2 Days

Near Lewes, Native Hands ruby@nativehands.co.uk nativehands.co.uk

Two days in the woods making a (non-prickly) bramble and wild rose frame basket from materials you’ve foraged.Perfect for foraging berries/mushrooms etc. Also great for storing eggs, garlic and that kind of thing in your kitchen. You’ll see those pesky brambles in a whole new light. Suitable for all levels.

Cost £190

23/10/2020 Woodland Ways Bushcraft Weekend 3 Days

Leicestershire - Belvoir Castle Estate, Woodland Ways 01234 351006 info@woodland-ways.co.uk c-js.info/2vSmxZ3

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Cost £249

24/10/2020 Build a Small Wind Turbine 2 Days

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

Learn to build an electricity generating wind turbine from simple materials, using a range of hand tools and techniques. You will carve a wooden blade, turn a copper coil, manipulate powerful magnets and fabricate a metal mounting together as a team. Once all the parts are brought together the complete turbine is tested on a short tower and you will see your hard work rewarded as the batteries fully charge.

Cost £200

30/10/2020 Fire Lighting Bushcraft Weekend 3 Days

Oxfordshire, Woodland Ways 01234 351006 info@woodland-ways.co.uk c-js.info/2T2c5WW

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Cost £95

31/10/2020 Bowl turning 1 Day

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Smallwoods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org www.smallwoods.org.uk

Make your amazing turned bowl. Learn how to mark out a bowl blank, rough out using an axe, how to attach a mandrel and mount your blanks to the lathe, Use a range of turning tools. Finishing touches; trimming, drying and oiling and/or painting your bowl.

Cost £120

07/11/2020 Bushcraft Fundamentals Course 1 Day

Oxfordshire, Woodland Ways 01234 351006 info@woodland-ways.co.uk c-js.info/328NzYv

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Cost £95

07/11/2020 Knots and devices 1 Day

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Smallwoods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org www.smallwoods.org.uk

Learn a range of useful knots including Carters hitch, Marlin spike hitch and techniques for splicing and whipping. Try out a range of devices useful in the woodland including Fascine clamp, lap shave, standing horse, cleaving brakes, knee vices, bowl carving clamp and many more. Prepared timber available to purchase.

Cost £60

13/11/2020 Axe Workshop & Tree Interpretation 3 Days

Oxfordshire, Woodland Ways 01234 351006 info@woodland-ways.co.uk c-js.info/2wpB2E3

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Cost £259

14/11/2020 Make an Ivy Basket 2 Days

Firle Village Hall, Nr Lewes, Native Hands ruby@nativehands.co.uk nativehands.co.uk

Forage ivy from the woods, weave a frame basket with a strap for wearing across your body for foraging/carrying things,hang on the wall for storing lemons, eggs etc. Suitable for people who have some experience of basketmaking, or who enjoy (and feel reasonably confident) making things. Not for complete beginners.

Cost £190

20/11/2020 Axe Workshop & Tree Interpretation 3 Days

East Lothian- Scotland, Woodland Ways 01234 351006 info@woodland-ways.co.uk c-js.info/2wpB2E3

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Cost £259

20/11/2020 Winter Survival Skills Weekend Course 3 Days

Leicestershire - Belvoir Castle Estate, Woodland Ways 01234 351006 info@woodland-ways.co.uk c-js.info/2SHh6oU

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Cost £259

04/12/2020 Winter Survival Skills Weekend Course 3 Days

East Lothian- Scotland, Woodland Ways 01234 351006 info@woodland-ways.co.uk c-js.info/2SHh6oU

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Cost £259

12/12/2020 Living willow structure building day 1 Day

Park Farm, LE67 6PD, Park Farm Training Centre 0777585722 kate@holmsdalemanor.co.uk forestschoolcourses.co.uk

Enjoy learning to create a willow structure at a beautiful site in the National Forest- and even take some willow away to have a go at home!

Cost £45

18/12/2020 Contemporary Christmas decorations from foraged materials 1 Day

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243 818300 bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk c-js.info/2P8wFn1

Tutor: Annie Guilfoyle. Make fir cone garlands, woodland wreaths, stars and tree decorations from foraged materials, and take home inspirational place setting and gift-wrapping ideas.

Cost £163

20/12/2020 Christmas themed skills and craft day 1 Day

Park Farm, LE67 6PD, Park Farm Training Centre 0777585722 kate@holmsdalemanor.co.uk forestschoolcourses.co.uk

Much like our general skills days, but with a festive feel! Perhaps make a reindeer or a log snowman, enjoy a campfire hot chocolate and try out new skills!

Cost £35

17/04/2021 Earth Oven Building 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/earth-oven-building-2/

Join us for this hands-on day where you will learn how to build a cob oven from scratch, using readily available, natural and low-impact materials. In the afternoon, your tutor will demonstrate lighting a fire in the onsite clay oven before cooking pizza as a group.

Cost £70

26/04/2021 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/

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

01/05/2021 Introduction to Renewables for Households 2 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/introduction-to-household-renewables/

If you?d like to install renewables in your home, this course will help you explore the options and likely costs and benefits to help you make a decision. Covering wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass and heat pumps.

Cost £200

21/05/2021 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-8/

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

19/06/2021 Earth Oven Building 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/earth-oven-building/

Join us for this hands-on day where you will learn how to build a cob oven from scratch, using readily available, natural and low-impact materials. In the afternoon, your tutor will demonstrate lighting a fire in the onsite clay oven before cooking pizza as a group.

Cost £70

28/06/2021 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-7/

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

23/07/2021 A Way of Building: Using locally sourced materials 4 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/a-way-of-building-using-locally-sourced-materials/

Building using locally sourced materials can help to ensure your structure is low impact and ecologically sound. This course provides hands-on experience in designing and building a structure from scratch, working with wood, stone, straw and other natural materials.

Cost £460

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

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.