Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Courses at Rutland Water Nature Reserve for 2011

For 2011 I have been asked to put on a number of Greenwood Working and Spinning courses at Rutland Water Nature Reserve (a partnership between Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and Anglian Water). The courses will be four 'Pole Lathe Taster Days', a 'Make a Shave Horse Weekend' and 'An Introduction to Spinning Weekend'. Check out the events page for details of how to book:

Pole-Lathe Turning Taster Days
Sat 30th April 9am-4pm.
Sun 1st May 9am-4pm.
Sat 18th Jun 9am-4pm
Sun 19th Jun 9am-4pm

Come and learn to use a pole-lathe with the guidance of tutor, Elizabeth Cadd. This one-day course is ideal for beginners new to greenwood working. Starting from a freshly felled tree, you will cleave a log of green wood with axes and wedges, shape it with a draw-knife on a shave-horse, then turn it on a pole-lathe. You should be able to make several simple objects to take away with you such as candlesticks, garden dibbers or experiment with turning some decorative mouldings. Come for a second day to hone your skills. The cost is £45 per person per day. Booking essential
'Make a Shave Horse Weekend'
Sat & Sun 21st-22nd May
9am-4pm. Come and make your most vital piece of greenwood working equipment. On this two day course you will learn to use a variety of hand tools, turn parts on the pole lathe and take away your own working shave horse. The course is led by artist and woodland worker, Elizabeth Cadd. Certificate of achievement on completion,. £90 per person booking essential.

Introduction to Spinning Weekend
Sat & Sun 16th-17th July 9am-4pm.
A two day course using Rutland Water's own sheep wool. You will learn how to select and wash a sheep fleece, prepare it for spinning and then try your hand using a drop spindle. You will be introduced to the basics of using a spinning wheel and for the more advanced, learn some experimental techniques. There will be time to explore ways of creating exciting colour combinations and special effects in your yarn, with chance to practice spinning. Please bring along any spare fleece you may have for the sharing table and any hand spun yarn examples you would like to show the group. Please bring your own spinning wheel if you have one. Certificate of achievement on completion. £90 per person booking essential.

Hope you can make it!

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