There seems to be a lot of seed and fruit around this year. Might be a mast year. We have been picking so much brambles, sloes, hips and haws for beer, jams, chutneys ... brilliant. Here's some images of the trees just round the Big Tree Society workshop at Harestanes.
We have been getting asked for course dates for next year already as we have been booked out until the end of the year. We have had such a great response to our course this year and had some really fantastic new makers along. You can read what some of our participants said about us below. Remember we can personalise and pre date a Timber Token (a Gift Voucher) which can get you, partner, friend or colleague a course date booked now before Christmas.
Jan 25th Stool Making Day
Feb 15th Stool Making Day
March 8th & 9th Chair Making Weekend
March 29th Willow Chair Making Day
April 19th & 20th Chair Making Weekend
May 3rd Stool Making Day
May 24th & 25th Shave Horse Weekend
June 28th & 29th Chair Making Weekend
July 12th Stool Making Day
July 19th & 20th Chair Making Weekend
August 2nd & 3rd Shave Horse Weekend
Sept 13th Stool Making Day
Oct 4th & 5th Chair Making Weekend
Nov 8th Willow Xmas Trees
What some of this years course participants think about their making days with us
Great day, excellent tuition, opened up for me a new dimension
in working with green wood. Was totally hooked and have booked up for a further two day course.
I spent a freezing but thoroughly enjoyable day making a willow
chair with excellent tuition. From the start of the day cutting the willow and setting aside for the various parts of the chair. The final completion is so satisfying to think that this can be done in a day, of course with a lot of good advice and help. I cannot wait until next year to do the course again as I would like to make a swing seat. The seat that I made is in pride of place at the top of the garden to take in the view.
Learning to make a stool with your own hands, from selecting the timber to knocking in the last wedge is a hugely rewarding experience that leaves you with a beautiful and very comfortable piece of work at the end of the day! Eoin's tuition is first class and his appreciation of our native woodland inspiring. The landscaped courtyard you work in provides a very relaxing environment too.
A fantastically grounding day of nose-to-tail woodworking. I
laughed more and learned more than I had dreamed I would on such a short course, and I am still in touch with some of the people I met that day. And the stool is still in pride of place. The depth of knowledge of the experts providing this course is phenomenal, and not available in books or on the internet!
Bought the course as a present for my wife’s birthday. Had a
great day making greenwood stools which 2 years on are in daily use. The course is a great deal given the expertise of the craftsmen doing the instruction and all the beautiful material that are included. I would recommend the course to anyone who is willing to give it a go.
I had an amazing day making a stool out of a tree. It was wonderful learning how to make a functional piece of furniture from green wood in just one day! It is a beautiful setting, with very knowledgeable and truly inspirational teachers. I highly recommend this course - sign up today - it is great value for money, fantastic fun, and you will leave with a great sense of
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