Courses

There are courses for all levels of interest and ability from finding out without hands on involvement, through introductions to various skills, to full-on maker courses.

Most courses take place in Strid wood near the Rover Wharfe in my workshop which is open-air but covered from rain. Courses are one to one so can be tailored to your needs, e.g father and son sessions. I can also accommodate larger groups by arrangement e.g. corporate outings.

Here are examples of what’s on offer:

Seasonal deer making

Now that the dull old English Summer has died away and bountiful Autumn ushers in an unknown Winter, it is time to think about making deer.

We ran a good little course last year.  Read about it here: http://flyingshavings.co.uk/2010/12/04/a-four-legged-workshop/

I’ll be running more deer making courses this Spring on Saturdays, please email me for details.

The course lasts for about four hours 10am to 2pm, including lunch .  The location is at my workshop in Strid Wood by the River Wharfe: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5003/5232032587_cd84448893.jpg

Lunch will be a steaming bowl of veggie soup heated on the rocket stove accompanied by a home-baked wholemeal roll (that is, NOT bought -in!).

The skill level is beginner.  I will provide all materials and tools and advice, but you will decide how your deer will look – they are all different.

If you are interested, please drop me an email.  The cost is £30.

Better than shopping!

Woodland introduction

A combined talk and demonstration of woodland management and demonstration of greenwood techniques. This course can be given to family/school/walking groups.

Tool skills

Learn about: knife handling and use;
introduction to using the axe as a splitting, hewing and carving tool;
sharpening edge tools;
using the stock knife.
Courses can cover any particular green woodworking tool you would like to know more about.

Wood skills

Learn about: selection of timber;
properties of green wood;
properties of different native species of timber;
splitting logs for wood work (hands-on);
charcoal making (hands-on);
converting and storing timber for firewood
making non-turned treen such as: tent pegs; butter knives; spatulas; deer; elves.

Lathe skills

Introduction to pole lathe turning: preparing billets for the lathe;
roughing out;
working to preset dimensions;
making of dibbers, rounders bats, spurtles etc

Makers skills

The sky’s the limit; from basic construction techniques starting with a simple rustic stool to a post and rung chair including weaving elm bast natural seating. Maybe you would like to learn how to construct garden items such as small fences and dividers or perhaps an outdoor bench. Regardless of whether you have some wood working skills already or are a complete beginner, a course can be designed for you.

email me for more details: rilaw@mac.com

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