Woodland Pioneers Week 2015
A really good week during another amazing Indian summer in 2015!
Click a workshop to scroll down the page to it:
2 x 2-day workshops for advanced participants:
4-day workshop for advanced participants:
1 day workshop: Stools with Lorna Singleton and Dave Noblett
Stick legs, stick rungs and rope or seat-belt seating. Very nice!
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: Treen with Twiggy
Twiggy guided everyone through the making of spatulas, clothes pegs, gypsy flowers and more.
1 day workshop: Coppicing with Sam Ansell and James Benson
Students were taken off-site to a working coppice.
2 day workshop: The One Tree Challenge with James Mitchell
The challenge was to make as many products in four days as possible. Both groups came up with some amazing ideas. A very exciting workshop.
2 day workshop: Pole Lathe Turning with Maurice Pyle
Great to have Maurice back at Woodland Pioneers spinning his knowledge and expertise.
2 day workshop: Picnic Bench with Ian Taylor
Ian built an amazing pit saw structure off the edge of a cliff to rip an oak tree into planks to make a picnic bench. We've been using the old rotten picnic bench in front of the hall for years now so it's good to give something back!
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, forge work, rope-making, tool sharpening and willow weaving.
Out and About
Here are a few more photos of around and about the woods and hall. The first picture shows a slightly stern looking Kath, who's amazing effort got the whole thing running smoothly. The second shows Lynne and Rosie, the amazing cooks.