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Stool Making Days
This is a really great day to get stuck into green woodworking if its your first time. Or even to hone up on skills if you've had a shot before. You are taken through the process from a log, split out, make tenons and mortices shape a seat and sculpt the legs on a shaving horse. Assemble and sit !!
We have some wonderful basket makers living here in Scotland and we are lucky to have Anna Liebmann to facilitate our courses for us at Big Tree. This is a day filled with traditions and techniques led by a practising basket maker. Come along and learns some of the process involved in making a willow vessel of your own.
Shaving Horse Construction
For those of you wanting to progress your making skills the shaving horse is an essential bit of kit. Come and make your very own work station for use at home or in your woods. It will be the beginning of a wonderful relationship with greenwood !! It's a full-on two day course learning loads more on the way.
Spoon making has really caught the making imagination of folks recently. This is mostly due to the number of quite excellent spoon carvers practising this dark art.
This day course is a great way to make a really practical and beautiful piece of functional work. For complete beginners to more accomplished carvers come for a days carving and craic !
Hedge Chair Weekend
A two day hands on course with time spent looking at construction, materials, design and stability. Learn about timber, technique and traditions in a easy learning, fun doing, friendly environment. Design the chair yourself drawing on the Irish and Scottish vernacular.
Willow Chair Making Day
A great day out in the woods at our community woodland at Wooplaw in Scottish Borders. Coppice the material, "Strip the willow" and construct using a a Gypsy nailed technique. This is contemporary rustic in your hands. Make sure it can fit in your transport home !!
Introduction to Pole Lathe Work
New for 2015 ! We have been asked by so many of our past participants and others to put on a days introduction to using the pole lathe. This is a pretty intense yet very hands on day for you. Splitting out billets and shaping them on the shave horse , before going on the pole lathe. If you can rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time - you can turn wood on this age old piece of wood technology.
Willow Christmas Trees
This is just a bit of merry madness ... Using stripped willow from our community woodland you will create your own 2D/3D Christmas tree for inside the home or outside in your garden. We have had all sorts on this day ... some of theme so big the participants need a horse trailer to take it away. Two of them when dressed with lights won prizes in their local communities !!!!
There's usually a bit of festive cheer knocking about on this day as well !