Thursday, 14 July 2011
Using razor sharp knives and axes isn't something that is familiar to most people these days so a fair proportion of the first morning was spent going through the quite specific safety elements built into each type of cut used. We were all told as children never to cut toward ourselves but in fact many of the most effective and efficient cutting with a knife is done this way.
One of the nicest things about carving green wood is how easy it is to carry out in an unremarkable way. Whether sitting in the garden, by the fire on a winters evening or listening to the radio or even with friends, we can all partake without the need for a workshop or expensive tools. Sure you can spend loads of money on all the best kit but I reckon less than £50 would set you up nicely.
Carving has a kind of timeless quality to it, it was something our forebears did a lot, simple, satisfying, creative, and if nothing else, a damn fine excuse to turn off the box...
4th - 5th Aug Make your own shopping basket
10th Aug Family friendly messing about with willow 10 - 12am
10th Aug Messing about with willow 1 - 4pm
12th Aug Make a basket in a day
15th - 17th Aug Introduction to green woodworking
20th - 21st Aug Spooncarving
17th - 18th Sept Spooncarving
22nd Sept Messing about with willow
23rd - 25th Sept Introduction to green woodworking
Please note we have decided not to run the one day spoon carving workshops as they have not really booked up, and we also feel one day isn't really enough time to properly explore the subject.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
Teaching and indeed practicing/learning green wood crafts in the shade of a summer woodland, beneath a simple canvas shelter, with the sounds and smells of nature all around, adds a new and rewarding dimension to what we do and what we can offer.
In the next month or so we will be busy building the tarpaulin workshop shelter and kitchen area, a fire-pit, a temporary composting toilet, perhaps a small kiln for drying chair and stool components, and no doubt many other unforeseen things/ideas that will make the courses we run enjoyable and successful.
Watch this space for updates and images of how we are progressing, as well as info on new courses etc.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Green woodworking & basketry courses
Jamie & Lin Lovekin
We are offering a series of practical, hands on workshops based in the National Trust woodlands at Penrose, Helston in which we will explore the use of 'green' or un-seasoned wood, and the traditional tools and techniques involved in this absorbing and satisfying craft.
Learn the way of cleaving, shaving, carving and weaving, and the use of tools such as the draw-knife, glut & maul, froe and shave horse. Understand the working properties of different tree species and know how to identify them.
Our courses are designed to promote a sense of slowing down and finding a rhythm suited to natural creativity. The days will involve hard work, fun, birdsong, a few blisters, good shared food, the smell of wood-smoke and hopefully a great sense of achievement for all.
14th May Spooncarving
18th-20th May Intro to Green Woodworking
20th – 22nd June Intro to Green Woodworking
23rd June Make a basket in a day
24th – 26th June Make a stool from a log
6th July Make a basket in a day
7th - 8th July Spooncarving
11th – 13th July Introduction to Green Woodworking
14th – 15th July Frame Baskets
16th July Spooncarving
21st– 23rd July Make a stool from a log
Phone Jamie or Lin on 01736 763676