WITW Course details

Each year, the Coppice Association North West runs a weekend of traditional craft workshops aimed at both beginners and improvers. Workshops are led by experienced, professional tutors and run from 10am ‘til 4pm each day. Some workshops carry a small, additional charge for materials, payable to the tutors at the start of the course.

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Natural Dyeing with Rebecca Oaks.

You will be exploring the endless possibilities of creating beautiful colours from nature in this Natural Dying workshop. Using some lovely light grey double knitting yarn which has been professionally spun at Halifax spinning mill, you will over dye with a selection of different natural dyes including cherry bark, onion skins and indigo. (Plus more perhaps!) Working outside over charcoal fires and brewing up potions and seeing what happens. No experience necessary.

Materials charge £10 for 100g of wool (suggest breaking it into 25g hanks to dye) You may bring some fibre to dye if you wish at the tutors discretion.

Kuksas and carved bowls with Tim Davis

Tim will guide you through all the stages needed to create your very own drinking or eating vessel from sustainably sourced greenwood.

Using traditional hand tools; Axe, Adze, gouges, knives and good old fashioned ingenuity Tim will endeavour to show you how a traditional approach to woodworking can exceed your expectations. Be at one with the wood in the woods.

Materials cost £10.

Hazel Baskets with Lorna Singleton

Hazel baskets – the coppicers friend!

You will learn what is a good hazel rod for basketry, how to process hazel rods into splints ready for weaving and making structure of a basket, how to handle the rods and strips, how to soak the material , dressing with a knife and  basic weaving techniques.
Handling the wood, repeated knife work and weaving requires some hand strength. Stripping the wood involves bending it around your knee and can be difficult so expect some surface bruising after day 1. Some knife skills would be useful but not necessary.

Materials cost £10

Carved Greenman faces with Geoff Whitely

Spend time with carver Geoff Whitely to learn to carve exquisite Greenman faces. Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities. It is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring.

Materials charge: approx £10 – £15

Willow Baskets with Helen Elvin

You will  make a willow shopping basket , learning how to make a base, stake up the sides , weave  different styles on the sides including slewing and give it a handle  ( though you can choose to do one without). All materials will be provided and tools , although if you have your own basket making tools – secateurs, rapping iron , bodkin feel free to bring them along.

Additional cost for the willow max £10 depending on size of basket .”

Hewn Oak Bench with Jack Holden.

An exploration of the axe and adze, harking back to shipbuilding and timber crafts of old.

You will learn hewing, cleaving and tool finishing a robust and beautiful oak bench from a large oak tree.

*Previous hand tools experience highly recommended to get the best from this course.

Materials cost £15

Shrink pots with Jon Scragg

Learn the dark art of the traditional shrink pot with BHMAT apprentice Jon Scragg. This is a traditional method of making wooden tubs and containers by hollowing out a log whilst still green, loosely fitting a seasoned base and then utilising the natural shrinkage of wood to encapsulate this base to create a tight fit.

Material charge £10

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