The talent machine keeps on sending us great new makers. There has been an incredible stream of intuitive makers recently all taking to the green woodworking like they've been at it all their lives !
We mainly use ash for our Big Tree greenwood working courses - but we do use many of our beautiful locally grown timbers in the work we sell in our Buy Design Gallery. Home grown elm, ash, beech, cherry, sycamore, oak, sweet chestnut, alder and birch etc all make up a fantastic range of colour and properties for a wide range of homeware products.
We are absolutely sure that you can see people grow taller during the days events. Gaining confidence, tackling the huge range of techniques to learn to make their very own piece of work. We quite often see the look of trepidation when course attendees are presented with a massive lump of wood and an an axe first thing in the morning and by the end of the day they have mastered the skills to make a beautiful piece of work.. It's amazing to watch it all unfold from their hands.
Chris for Treetops to Workshop came in last week and gave us a hand to cross cut some of the longer ash which we will use up in the first few weeks of courses. Always good to get the tree specialists and foresters involved in the chain of custody. As it happens Chris is a really good maker as well and often helps out on the courses. Bringing an extra skills set to the days.
Got some new banner printed up for the workshop doors. We get a lot of visitors to the gallery and workshop who are just transfixed by the chairmaking and green wood activity. Show them and they will come !!!
Our local woodlands took a right battering in the recent storms. From communit4y woodlands to large commercial operations nobody escaped the Arwens, Barras, whatever and whatever !! Massive damage to some big old trees round the workshop and up at the community woodlands. Going to be a lot of remedial work and planting over the next few years not weeks !!!
Happy New Year everyone ! Well here's hoping for a safer and brighter 2022. We've got lots planned for this year, new courses, new tutors, new materials for you all to get stuck into. Please have a look at the course bookings. We've had a flurry of vouchers over Christmas so if you were lucky enough to get one please book up NOW ! If you're travelling from a distance there's a list of good local accommodation providers in the tabs above as well.
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