This is the indoor workshop space that we use for prototyping, playing with new products and a place to retire into when it just gets too wild and windy outside in the big outdoor gallery garden.
Such a nice day and such a nice group of folks booked up for our second basket making session this year. Expertly led by Anna Leibmann - Mary, Cate, Helen, Gavin, Elaine, Anne, Mary and Jane made beautiful baskets. Massive technique shown and demonstrated in all the final products - well done guys. Keep making !!!
Since prehistoric times, through to medieval and to the present industrial age of the Scottish Borders where we live the wooded landscape has been used for fuel and building materials. Our landscape has been forested, scoured by glaciers, reforested, deforested, farmed and is slowly, slowly getting some of our trees back into the landscape. Its an area of continuous occupation for over 5,000 years. A long "relationship" with trees. The Big Tree Society supports community woodland activity throughout Scotland and beyond.
Because we live in Scotland and we get so much rain, we take our green landscape for granted sometimes. Its not until you start to break down the green spectrum and analyse the palette that you see just how many 00's of green there actually is.
Was a hot day stripping the willow with Sho, Anthony, Elise, Allister, Paul and Alex. We all harvested, stripped and made six amazing chairs for the garden. Great craic as usual amongst the new makers.
We know, we know ... its only May 2017. !! However we've been asked so many times for 2018 course date, as we have been booked up for this year for a while now. So as to avoid disappointment - you might want to consider some course dates for the early half of next year. Spaces filling already ! Courses here
Here's some random shots of what goes on at any of the greenwood working courses we hold here. It never ceases to amaze us what fantastic work comes out of people who say they don't have any creative streak in them ... Just who wrong they can be .... Everyone should have a go a making something. Textile, ceramic, metal, paper, glass and of course our favourite -WOOD !
"Its hard to say just how amazing the Hedge Chair course was; I really didn't know what to expect but having seen the workshop when visiting the shop, I just knew I had to do it. The tuition was so careful and personally focussed - Eoin and Gail are very special teachers - and the general atmosphere of creativity and joy in making, was truly inspiring, I learned so much, so quickly. Also, the weather was as promised, spectacular! To take home a real chair after two days - having started with just a big log, was so satisfying. Now, I can't wait to come back. I think you might have started something!" Barbara March 2017
Here's some images of the first Hedge Chair making courses this year. A Big Tree shout out to Barbara, Neil, David and Martin for outing in two great days graft. Hopefully a load of new skills taken on and I know that a couple of you have already booked up for more learning time. The first three months of the year has already seen a few busy courses here at Big Tree home and away at other venues. We are fully booked up this year except for a couple of basket making and spoon carving days. Fridays continue to be a busy day with work placements, school job experience, folks in between stuff and a few of our repeat offenders (people that have already attended a course and want to keep their hand in) Keep an eye on the Facebook and Instagram pages for images of what else is going on at Big Tree.
"What a great spring weekend! Got on the chair course last minute but so glad I did. Tree surgeon by trade, but this course blew my mind with how timber once processed by hand can become a beautiful piece of furniture. The tuition is perfect, no pressure just easy going. Fantastic full of ideas and can t wait to go back." Martin
Have a great Solstice, Christmas, Hogmanay everyone !!!
Thanks for all the fantastic support of and participation in our courses this year. The folks attending the courses made over 160 items of vernacular furniture. What an achievement !!!!!! We made spoons, baskets, willow chairs, did charcoal drawings and large woodprints as well. We have completed training for our Forest School colleagues, kept the drop in workshop going on Fridays for our waiffs and strays and helped out numerous community owned woodland and forestry projects through our donation scheme. "More trees, less assholes !" A Big Tree Hug to everyone from Eoin, Gail and Dave. See you on the other side. PS Thanks also for the 80 odd confirmed bookings for 2017 as well - it's great to know the word it out and people are keen to come and make with their hands.
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