Saturday, 14 January 2012

Contemporary coppice workshops

I'm very excited to have a place on these workshops, it should be a great start to the year!

An exciting new series of workshops and talks in February 2012 bringing together coppice workers, green woodworkers and designers to create some new ‘contemporary coppice products’.

This event in Cumbria is organised by Grizedale Arts and is led by award-winning artist Charlie Whinney who will offer his unique steam-bending skills to attendees of the practical workshop. 
There are four ways to be involved:
1.                   1 day Conference - Saturday 18th February 10am-5pm at Blackwell Arts and Craft’s house in Windermere, Cumbria. With talks by Kathy Haslam, curator at Blackwell on the politics of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Ray Leigh on Gordon Russell and the Utility Scheme and key note speech by the renowned designer Michael Marriott.

2.                   4 day Practical workshop – Friday 17th to Tuesday 21st February. There is a limited number of spaces available – if you are want to make an interesting career out of using  coppice or green wood this will be invaluable.  You will spend time alongside award-winning product designers including Michael Marriott and renowned local coppice workers including Owen Jones and Matt Turley.  You will also no doubt learn a lot about steam-bending, different making techniques, and a chance to share skills and ideas with other makers and designers.

3.                   Visit  or after the event.  The new designs will be made available online, and we will also put up photos and videos of how we got on.  Also if you have any photos of interesting uses of coppice or particularly beautiful green woodwork please send me your photos ASAP as they will be really helpful and we can share them online.

4.                   2 day Practical workshop  - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. A weekend workshop on Brantwood Estate in Coniston, from the cutting of coppice wood to finished product.

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