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Working with wood

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Introduction to chair making: make a three legged stool A one-day introduction to traditional chair making. The day will begin with a discussion on different seating constructions and designs. Using traditional tools and techniques...

A one-day introduction to traditional chair making. The day will begin with a discussion on different seating constructions and designs.

Using traditional tools and techniques students will complete an elegant stool to take home, as well as the experience and knowledge to make other pieces of furniture.

The hands-on day will provide a good base for those who wish to create individual designs and is the ideal stepping stone for further chair making potential.

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An introduction to green wood working This course covers coppice woodlands, their management, history and uses. Discussions on the products created from these and the skills required to turn into useful tools and...

This course covers coppice woodlands, their management, history and uses.

Discussions on the products created from these and the skills required to turn into useful tools and items of everyday furniture.

Experience the craft by making a mallet and a charcoal-makers stool using traditional tools.

Students will use drawhorse and drawknife in making their items, and spend a little time on the pole lathe if they wish.

All materials, tools use, encouragement and help provided for the day.

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Wood Finishes This is an intensive 2 day course suitable for beginners or those wanting to improve their skills. Students will learn how to take a project right through from initial preparation...

This is an intensive 2 day course suitable for beginners or those wanting to improve their skills. Students will learn how to take a project right through from initial preparation to a good final finish.

Amongst the skills that you will be perfecting will be surface preparation, staining, grain filling, French polishing, and finishing on top of French polish. Course notes will be provided.
French polishing is a big part of the course but you do need to know the other areas of wood finishing to become a good French polisher.

Day 1
Surface preparation – New wood & old
Surface removal
Shellac (French Polish) – It`s origins, history of usage & preparation
Staining & colouring – Using 6 types of stain & learning their advantages & disadvantages
Sealing
Grain filling – Reasons for & against, types of grain filler & application

Day 2
Removal of excess grain filler – abrasives
Making a polishing rubber
Charging a rubber
Bodying Up
Defect faulting
Pulling Over
Making a hard polishing wax
Making coloured wax sticks
Finishing on top of French Polish

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Bark basketry Bark is a traditional material that has been used across the globe and it is therefore likely that our ancestors used this material in similar ways. This day course will cover a...

Bark is a traditional material that has been used across the globe and it is therefore likely that our ancestors used this material in similar ways. This day course will cover a variety of designs and uses for bark including folded containers and woven craft work.

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Carve a wooden bowl Learn the basics of woodcarving with this hands-on course whilst carving a leaf-shaped bowl which can be taken home at the end of the day.    

Learn the basics of woodcarving with this hands-on course whilst carving a leaf-shaped bowl which can be taken home at the end of the day.

 

 

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Introduction to pole lathe turning An introduction to wood turning on the traditional pole lathe. A friendly and informal course during which participants will have the opportunity to use traditional tools and to...

An introduction to wood turning on the traditional pole lathe. A friendly and informal course during which participants will have the opportunity to use traditional tools and to turn simple objects.

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Make a Shaker box This is a one day course during which you will learn how to make a beautiful oval Shaker Box.

This is a one day course during which you will learn how to make a beautiful oval Shaker Box.

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Make a shave horse This day is for those keen to make a start in greenwood working with the construction of their own shavehorse. All materials will be provided and participants will spend the day...

This day is for those keen to make a start in greenwood working with the construction of their own shavehorse. All materials will be provided and participants will spend the day making the component parts and then assembling their own shave horse.

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Make a woven top stool Learn all the skills required to assemble a stool frame from locally sourced and prepared hardwood components. Once assembled we will explore and experience how these were...

Learn all the skills required to assemble a stool frame from locally sourced and prepared hardwood components. Once assembled we will explore and experience how these were made, and replicate all the necessary procedures. Day two will undertake the weaving and completing of this traditional piece of furniture. Physical strength is not a pre-requisite, good hand-eye coordination, dexterity and the ability to stand during the course will help. All the procedures are readily achievable, while help and encouragement are given, a certain amount of industriousness is necessary.

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Sussex trug making workshop Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to steam and bend both...

Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to steam and bend both chestnut and the willow used for the boards of the Trug.

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Tool sharpening This two day course has been designed for those with little or no previous tool sharpening experience, who enjoy working with wood but have found difficulty achieving a satisfying...

This two day course has been designed for those with little or no previous tool sharpening experience, who enjoy working with wood but have found difficulty achieving a satisfying standard of work due to their lack of tool tuning and sharpening skills.  During the course you will learn how to sharpen wood cutting tools to professional standards and select new or second-hand tools that are well engineered.

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Traditional English longbow Starting with a simple stave of timber you will learn to shape a fully working bow over three days.

Starting with a simple stave of timber you will learn to shape a fully working bow over three days.

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Traditional wooden rake making Make a wooden rake and tailor its size to your needs. You will make the rake head, fit the pegs as well as prepare and fit the handle.  

Make a wooden rake and tailor its size to your needs. You will make the rake head, fit the pegs as well as prepare and fit the handle.

 

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Coracle making weekend Coracles are traditional riverboats. Round in shape, they are paddled with one oar. On this two-day course you will make a traditional coracle to take home, and try out your...

Coracles are traditional riverboats. Round in shape, they are paddled with one oar. On this two-day course you will make a traditional coracle to take home, and try out your boating skills on the Museum’s millpond.

 

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Spoon carving Develop basic wood carving skills by learning the steps to carve your own unique spoon using axe and knife carving techniques.  

Develop basic wood carving skills by learning the steps to carve your own unique spoon using axe and knife carving techniques.

 

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wood carving weekend From a choice of five, select a carving project to complete on this two day hands-on course. You will learn the basics of woodcarving and take home what you have made.  

From a choice of five, select a carving project to complete on this two day hands-on course. You will learn the basics of woodcarving and take home what you have made.

 

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Archaeological evidence for woodmanship practices and the wildwood in southern England; Stone age to c.1800 An introduction to up to date archaeological evidence for the dynamic changes in natural and managed trees (woodmanship) and woodland from prehistoric times to around 1800. The day...

An introduction to up to date archaeological evidence for the dynamic changes in natural and managed trees (woodmanship) and woodland from prehistoric times to around 1800. The day will involve illustrated talks and site walks.

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Gate hurdle making day Learn how to make a basic sturdy traditional Sweet Chestnut gate hurdle, to go around stock or in a gateway.

Learn how to make a basic sturdy traditional Sweet Chestnut gate hurdle, to go around stock or in a gateway.

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Make a side table Make a side table for the patio or garden using locally sourced hardwood timbers. Using a mix of prepared components and fresh timber, create your very own piece of furniture. ...

Make a side table for the patio or garden using locally sourced hardwood timbers. Using a mix of prepared components and fresh timber, create your very own piece of furniture.

Individual styles and finished tables will be discussed; each will be unique to the maker.

All students will experience and get to grips with the necessary techniques and processes, all timbers, tools use, support and encouragement provided.

Ideal for anyone with enough enthusiasm and determination to succeed – dexterity rather than strength is optimum. No previous woodwork experience required.

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