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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.

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

27/02/2021 Compost Toilets 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3bwn6Ip

Get an understanding of the principles, benefits and limitations of compost toilets. Learn about Off the shelf systems to more advanced systems, the impacts chamber layout on output quality and quantity, requirements for planning permission, the management of greywater, safety, hygiene and discuss the 'yuck' factor.

Cost £70

06/03/2021 Introduction to Horse Logging 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/2V1jrL2

Spend a day in the CAT woodlands with experienced horse handler Barbara Hadrill and her cobs as you gain hands-on experience of the ancient art of horse logging.

Cost £85

06/03/2021 Build a Small Wind Turbine 2 Days

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

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

07/03/2021 Introduction to Horse Logging 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/2V1jrL2

Spend a day in the CAT woodlands with experienced horse handler Barbara Hadrill and her cobs as you gain hands-on experience of the ancient art of horse logging.

Cost £85

13/03/2021 Spoon Carving 1 Day

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

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

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

01/05/2021 Compost Toilets 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/35ppy1m

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

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

22/05/2021 Renewables for Households: solar PV 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/2UIrE8N

Solar panels: where should you put them? How much power will you get? How much money will you save? What will your emission reduction look like? This one day course aims to answer these questions and more through a series of lectures and hands on sessions.

Cost £70

05/06/2021 Compost Toilets 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/37xs7Be

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

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

19/06/2021 Renewables for Households: wind turbines 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/31M4oYW

Whether you?re thinking of installing wind turbines at home, in your community or for your business, this course will give you a deep understanding of the factors you?ll need to consider. Through a mixture of lectures and hands on sessions, the course will cover wind turbine selection, operation and installation.

Cost £70

26/06/2021 Fixing Your Damp House 2 Days

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

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

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

10/07/2021 Spoon Carving 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/2DPvwv3

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

17/07/2021 Renewables for Households: solar hot water 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/31M4rE6

Learn how you can use solar water heating systems (solar thermal) to directly heat water. The course will cover the different solar water systems available, how they work, and how to assess which is best for your needs.

Cost £70

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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