Construct a Shave Horse

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Create one of the most useful bits of kit for a whole range of green woodworking projects – your very own shave horse!

This hands on, two-day workshop will provide all the materials needed to construct your own roundwood timber shave horse, under the expert guidance of local craftsman Jamie Miller. You will learn how to use traditional tools and green wood to make a working shave horse, complete with the all important vice clamp which enables wood to be shaped by a drawknife.

A shave horse (shaving horse, or shaving bench) is a combination of vice and workbench, used for green woodworking. Typical usage is to create a round profile along a square piece, such as for a chair leg or to prepare a workpiece for the pole lathe.

The finished shave horse can be easily taken apart to fit into a normal size car boot.

Dates: 
12 October 2019 to 13 October 2019
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Course commences 10.00am and finishes 4.30pm each day
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Jamie Miller
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£120 (or £100 for low and unwaged) Includes all materials
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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Willow Weaving - Rope Coil Basket

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During this workshop, you will learn the unusual technique of weaving willow into a rope to form a unique rope coil basket.

You will also learn how to use packing to add shape and form and can experiment with natural and dyed willow to add colour. This rope coil basket workshop is suitable for all levels. All tools and equipment will be provided. Additional willow will be available for you to purchase for future makes.

Places are limited to eight participants per event and must be booked in advance.

Dates: 
28 September 2019
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Course commences at 10.00 am and finishes 4.30 pm
Teachers
Justine Burgess
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Cost: 
£38 per person plus £7.50(cash on day) for materials
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Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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Tree to Frame - 5 day Roundwood Timber Framing

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Utilize the natural beauty and low impact nature of roundwood timber framing to create structures ranging from simple sheds and shelters to your own home or barn.

If you’ve always dreamed of building your own bespoke home this five day roundwood timber framing course will provide you with all the skills that you need. Under the expert tuition of craftsman Jamie Miller of Ty Pren, you will learn all the basic techniques for design and construction of your own project.

Course Programme:
Day 1. Why roundwood? a look at the woods, timber selection and grading. Stripping poles for
construction.
Day 2. Framing bed and layout of frame. Marking up and position of joints.
Day 3. Work on frame.
Day 4. Bracing and Truss work.
Day 5. Finish frame and raise.

A delicious organic two-course vegetarian lunch is provided on each workday (please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements).

You will need steel toe cap boots and are welcome to bring along any tools you might have and like to use. Location is in a woodland in Llangybi (not at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre). Location details and meeting point will be confirmed after registration.

Dates: 
23 September 2019 to 27 September 2019
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Course commences 9.30am and finishes 5.00pm each day Accommodation available at extra cost see website for details
Teachers
Jamie Miller
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Cost: 
£460 per person (includes lunches with no accommodation)
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
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Mara Morris
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Self build course

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This is a hands-on practical building course introducing the principles of the Walter Segal method of timber framing through the construction of a small structure on-site at Harehope Quarry. Practical instruction will be supplemented by an evening talk on Saturday. The course includes a light lunch & refreshments each day plus an evening meal as well as the option to camp on site. Further details can be provided on request.

Dates: 
7 September 2019
8 September 2019
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9.00am - 6.00pm
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Cost: 
£300
Address: 
Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, Co. Durham. DL13 2SG
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JIll Essam
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07807 002032
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Seed saving with Caroline Beck, Verde Flowers

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This session will cover how to harvest, dry and sow your own seed for vegetables, fruit and flowers. Seed is always best sown fresh, and the most reliable way of doing this is to harvest your own. Learn the best times to do this, when and how to collect seed and why gathering your own produces more reliable, sturdier crops. Caroline Beck is a garden writer and cut flower grower with over 25 years experience of harvesting and sowing her own seed. Refreshments provided.

Dates: 
31 August 2019
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1.30pm - 4.30pm
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£20
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Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, Co. Durham. DL13 2SG
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Jill Essam
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The 'Most Boat' weekend

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Make the ‘most boat’ you can from a single sheet of plywood using basic DIY skills. The one-sheet skiff can carry a small adult or young person and can be paddled, rowed, even sailed or driven by a small electric motor with a bit of imagination. Over two days you will mark up and cut the component parts, fix together the sides and transom and attach the bottom to create a perfect small boat for still waters. Test-launch on Sunday and then take home (on a roof rack) to paint with ordinary domestic paint. Suitable for adults and families with children over 8. There are places to make 4 boats so booking is essential at least 2 weeks in advance. Refreshments and lunch provided and camping available.

Dates: 
20 July 2019
21 July 2019
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10.00am - 4.00pm
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Cost: 
£200
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Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, Co. Durham. DL13 2SG
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Jill Essam
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A one-day introduction to growing gourmet mushrooms, with Adrian Ogden of Gourmet Woodland Mushrooms

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The aim of this course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to grow their own gourmet mushrooms outdoors. An indoor session will cover the biology and ecology of mushrooms and fungi and the important role that mushroom mycelium play in the cultivation process, including a look at different types of mushroom spawn. A practical outdoor session will demonstrate making up a Shiitake log and a Nameko woodchip mushroom bed. Each participant will make their own log and take it home with them. Gourmet Woodland Mushrooms has been producing mushroom spawn since 2004, so this course will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon. Includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Dates: 
28 April 2019
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10.00am - 4.00pm
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£50
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Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, Co. Durham. DL13 2SG
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Jill
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Quick Return compost making. Talk by Andrew Davenport, Gardener’s Cottage

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This introduction provides an insight into the 'Quick Return' method of composting and how to get maximum benefit out of available garden and kitchen waste resources. Includes history, theories, types of bins, compostable materials, the system and methodology, using the compost and its effects, adaptations and alternative applications. The talk will include a practical demonstration on composting kitchen waste. Refreshments provided.

Dates: 
9 March 2019
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10.30am - 12.30pm
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£15
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Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, Co. Durham. DL13 2SG
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Jill Essam
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Introduction to charcoal making

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Learn the basics of charcoal making - what materials to use, how to load, light and shut down a kiln and what is involved in grading and bagging the charcoal. The day includes a bag of charcoal to be collected at your leisure and tea, coffee and cakes. Bring a packed lunch or food to cook over a fire.

Dates: 
2 March 2019
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10.00am - 4.00pm
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Frosterley

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DL13 2SG

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£15
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Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, Co. Durham
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Jill Essam
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NATURAL BUILD-IN 2019, QUINTA DO VALE, CENTRAL PORTUGAL

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http://www.permaculturinginportugal.net/natural-build-2019/

Quinta do Vale is partnering with our local community natural education project, Folha Verde, to host a NATURAL BUILD-IN during July 2019..

This is a natural building course, but with a difference. It’s conceived as a learning experience which not only gives you some natural building knowledge and skills, but also immerses you in our local, largely off-grid community to collaborate on a community project.

The natural build-in runs between July 7th and 28th 2019 in weekly blocks. You can attend as many blocks as you like. You can also stay on after the Permaculture Design Course which runs at Quinta do Vale from June 23rd to July 7th.

We build Monday to Friday. Weekends are kept free for arrivals and departures and for exploring the area or enjoying the many other events and activities which go on here throughout the summer.

Families are welcome – Folha Verde have an open month in July and children aged 6 and over can join in the project’s activities.

We’ll use the same Agile Learning System we use in our community education project as the framework for the build-in. If you’re not already familiar with this system for managing and developing workflow, it’s essentially codified biomimicry. It takes the natural way people self-organise and self-manage to achieve an objective and ensures it’s fully participatory, supportive and successful.

Dates: 
7 July 2019
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http://www.permaculturinginportugal.net/natural-build-2019/
Teachers
WENDY HOWARD
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