Woodland Pioneers Week 2014
A really good week during the amazing Indian summer of 2014! Yurts, woodland bugs, twisted bark, pimps, fire and steam!

Click a workshop to scroll down the page to it:
1 day workshop: Treen with Twiggy
Twiggy guided everyone through the making of spatulas, clothes pegs, gypsy flowers and more.

1 day workshop: Riven Oak Panels with Owen Jones
Owen showed how boiled lengths of split oak can be riven (split) into thinner and thinner pieces until they become very pliable when kept damp. Rectangular frames were then made in groups and the riven oak woven onto the frame to make a panel. This method of riving oak is also used by Owen during the process of making oak swill baskets.

1 day workshop: Coppicing with Sam Ansell and James Benson
Students were taken off-site to a working coppice.

1 day workshop: Stools with Lorna Singleton
Stick legs, stick rungs and rope seating. Very nice!

2 day workshop: Boardwalk with Sam Robinson
Sam Robinson showed students how to cleave huge logs to be riven and draw-knifed in palins. Other logs had their top face hewn level and adzed flat so the palins could be nailed on.

2 day workshop: Sculptures with Edward Acland
After 2 days of heavy work on the boardwalk with Sam R, Edward Acland arrived to guide his students in the art of opening their minds and letting their creativity flow!

4 day workshop: Making a Yurt with James Mitchel and Walter Lloyd
James guided his students throughout all the stages of making a yurt, from peeling willow poles, steam bending the crown and lattice work, boring and burning the mortices in the crown and finally its construction. Walter was on hand to offer very valuable and fascinating knowledge and advise throughout the week.

Friday workshops:
On Friday students could take part in a range of 2-hour workshops, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon. The choices were besom brooms, carving, rope-making, pimps (fire-starters), tool sharpening and willow.

Around and About
Here are a few more photos of around and about the woods and hall, but mostly at the ever-popular tea tent! The photos show Edward telling a Westmorland joke and Mark showing off his diablo skills, mostly blurred!