Friday, 15 April 2011

The new woodland workshop 2011

The idea for the woodland workshop has been germinating for a few years now. We have both been practicing and teaching wood and withy crafts for ten years or so now, and we always felt it would be great if we could move what we do into a woodland environment.
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.

Diary Dates:

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