A Big Tree respect for the folks attending today’s workshop helping us get the post lockdown etiquette and guidelines in place. Couldn’t be more grateful for you guys waiting patiently for the rescheduling slots. Thanks !! Big Tree it up for six fantastic makers Kate, Eli, Sam, Giordana, Anthony and Martine you were great company.
What a difference a year makes ! We’re pleased to have restarted the courses again. Thanks to great participants in the past two weeks we’ve made things safely. So here’s just a few smiling faces from last year. Let’s hope we can keep the good times going.
We’re slowly getting folks who have been put on hold this summer rebooked onto new dates. It’ll take a while to clear the 200 bookings but we’ll do it.
Keep safe everyone - and oh yes thanks for all the supportive messages and empathy - means so much to us during these strange times.
I once read in an old account by Sir Archibald Geikie in his great tome “The Scenery of Scotland” 1901 that the Scots were a “product of their landscape”. In some respects it’s true - the crag, the hill, the shore, the glen, the merse, the machair, the big sky and the endless sea. These elements may well mould and form behaviour and character.
I’ve always felt connected to my land, my coast and my past. These artworks are my response to things ancient, to connections and signs from long ago before.
Thank you for being so patient and understanding during this crisis. It's been tough for most and heart breaking for others. Our sympathies and thoughts with all of you that have lost family or friends through this virus. We are still awaiting the green light here in the Borders to be able to proceed and open up the gallery and courtyard workshop area. We've been fortunate to live in a rural area that has not been affected too greatly by cases. We want to keep it that way ! To this end we have decided to begin very tentatively with reduced number courses. We propose to attempt the following as from and inclusive of August 29th 2020.
For those of you that have been unable to attend and still want to come on a course we propose to :
Refunding postponed courses is not possible. Those of you who no longer wish to or won't be able to attend will have their course fees used to pay for all the materials, tooling, external tutor time, rent, insurance, utility costs etc that we have had to pay over past few months. We are sure you will all understand. We will start to reschedule folks in as from 8th August. So watch out for an email from us soon.
Thanks - Eoin Big Tree Person
A great view up Teviotdale from a high point in the Bowmont Forest, Scottish Borders. A quiet spot away from the din of covid. I’m lucky to be able to walk here most days of my lockdown. But beginning to miss the craic and participation of the Big Tree making courses. We’ve had to postpone fourteen weekends to date and still not really able to say when we will be able to get the rest of the programme up and running. Thanks to all for your patience, understanding and support. Keep well folks. Big Tree hugs to you all.
We have had such a fantastic responses to our 2020 courses already. Therefore if you have been thinking about attending one of our courses or would like to gift a friend, colleague or partner a Timber Token please get on line soon and get them booked up. We are almost booked through until July 2020 now. Here's what some of our recent course participants thought of their courses.
"Eoin and his team ensured that everyone on the stool making course went home with a brilliant stool and a greater respect and love of wood.
The tuition, the environment and encouragement received is second to none. A great experience and opportunity to meet a lovely group of folk with a common interest in wood work." - Alison
Massive thanks for the Print Making course today! This was my third course with the Big Tree Society so I was expecting something great, but today was just so much more! Yet again I’ve come away having created stuff that I had no idea about how to make this morning, and I am proper chuffed with my prints! It was also huge fun, and a brilliant collaboration; we all really enjoyed working together to produce results that were surprising and sooo amazing! You should definitely run this course more often! - Kate
Had a great time making a sitooterie! Brilliant venue and great instruction from Eoin & Gail. Really chuffed with my bench and can't wait to go back to try something else. Highly recommended! - Colin
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