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Stone & Wood

Some NEWER workshops are only viewable via our FULL PROGRAMME Page – please use this for the complete list of bookable courses in date order.   Our Quirky Open Vouchers are available 24/7 HERE. Please see Info section on the top menu for all FAQS re accomodation etc. Many previous Covid precautions remain in place.

Stone Letter & Relief Carving

An opportunity to try your hand at stone letter or relief carving with Pip Hall, 3 day September course.

Stone Carving in Letter and Relief 3 day Workshop in Cumbria

Pip Hall is a nationally renowned professional Stone Carver of many years experience. Her lettering work is particularly loved for its unique style. On this 3 days course Pip will guide you through all the processes required so you can carve something special into stone, be it lettering or a relief design. 

9.30-4pm each day
£275 inc lunch etc
Material Charges : perhaps, depending on stone

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Upcoming Dates


Wed 31st August 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am - Fri 2nd September 2022 4:00 pm 4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 3

Longbow Making

Two day Traditional English Longbow making with Tony Saunders

Longbow Making Workshop in Cumbria

Unfortunately, we are unsure that a Longbow course with Tony will be possible in 2022. Due to ash dieback, there is an acute shortage of suitable timber.

During this two day course you will start with a selected quarter length of ash called a stave which will be reduced using the traditional axe and bill hook tools of yesteryear. In time the students will each move onto a shave horse where the draw knife and finally spoke shave will be the tool of choice. The stave will then be 'trained' to bend with great care - also known as 'tiller' the bow - under Tony's watchful eye to ensure safety.

9.30am – 4.30pm each day
£200 Lunch included  (£40 deposit payable online)
Material Charges approx £10

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Cob Pizza Ovens

'Hands On' and 'How To' ... Learn how to Build your own Cob Pizza or Bread Oven at Home - with David Alty

Cob Pizza Oven Workshop in Cumbria

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden. Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. 

9.30/10am – 3/4pm start time varies with date.
£100 inc a tasty 2 course Aga lunch, home baking plus pizza!
Material Charges : included

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Upcoming Dates


Sat 21st May 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:00 pm
Sun 22nd May 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 6
Sat 30th July 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 5
Wed 3rd August 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 3

Traditional Spoon Carving with David Alty

From a variety of timbers you will learn how to choose, prepare and split timber and the various methods and styles of carving you could incorporate into your piece.

Spoon Carving Workshop in Cumbria

From a variety of timbers, you will learn how to choose, prepare and split timber and the various methods and styles of carving you could incorporate into your piece. This will entail using a variety of specialist tools which are all provided.

9.45am to 4.00pm
£75 inc tasty lunch, fresh coffee etc
Material Charges -TBC

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Upcoming Dates


Thu 23rd June 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 2
Sat 20th August 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 2

Whittling

A two day course with Dave Harter whittling your own beautiful Bird

Whittling Workshop in Cumbria

During this 2 day course Dave will teach you traditional hand carving, whittling, skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete a lovely carved bird over the two days. You can make the feet , the display base and have a go at pyrography too. 

9.30am – 4.00pm each day
£175 Lunch included
Material Charges from approx £15

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Upcoming Dates


Tue 24th May 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am - Wed 25th May 2022 4:00 pm 4:00 pm
Thu 18th August 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am - Fri 19th August 2022 4:00 pm 4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 3

Relief Hardwood Carving

Relief Carving in Hardwoods with Alister Neville

Relief Hardwood Carving Workshop in Cumbria

Arriving in a large van weighed down with 3 workbenches Alister brings a full set of wood carving tools for each student, plenty of resources and pieces of hardwood to choose from...sycamore, ash, oak, birch. Many people opt for house name boards but other items are carved as well; animals, numbers and sayings. Anything is possible - time allowing - in the day.

9.30am – 4.30pm
£85 Lunch included
Material Charges up to approx. £15 depending on choice of wood

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Upcoming Dates


Sat 25th June 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am -4:45 pm
Places Remaining : 5
Wed 6th July 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am -4:45 pm
Places Remaining : 4
Sat 9th July 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am -4:45 pm
Places Remaining : 6

Willow Angels

Weave your own Willow Angel with Phil Bradley

Willow Angel Workshop in Cumbria
Traditionally our last workshop and full of festive spirit.  Join Phil to produce your own 2/3ft high Angel to grace a fireplace or special corner of your room. Made to Phil's original design 20 years ago they look lovely with candles burning at their base and wings lit up with stars/lights/tinsel, shimmering in the rising heat. Why not then remove the tinsel & keep them on display throughout the year, quietly watching over you!

9.30 – 4.30pm
£85 Lunch included
Material Charges £15

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Upcoming Dates


Thu 1st December 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 6

Willow Sculpture Animals

Choose your day to weave a Hare, Deer, Curlews or Hens/Cockerels with Cumbria's willow master Phil Bradley

Willow Sculpture Workshop in Cumbria

Dedicated days sculpting in Phil's organic willow, creating sculptures of Curlews, Deer, Hares or Hen & Cockerels, These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique for either your home or garden.

9.30am – 4.30pm
£85 Lunch included
Material Charges : around £15

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Upcoming Dates


Fri 27th May 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 3
Fri 1st July 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 3
Thu 1st September 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 1
Wed 5th October 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Wed 16th November 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 6
Thu 17th November 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 10

Weave a Rush bag

A day with Rachel Frost making your own bag using English bulrush

Hazel Framed Basket Workshop in Cumbria

This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush bag in a day,

using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). working on wooden blocks,

you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique bag to use and treasure. You can choose variations on handle length etc.

9.30am – 4.30/5pm each day
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges £15

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Upcoming Dates


Tue 7th June 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -5:00 pm
Places Remaining : 1

Rush Garlic Basket

A relaxing and crafty day with rush expert Rachel Frost weaving your own basket, especially for Garlic.

Rush Basketry Workshop in Cumbria

A really useful basket for your kitchen!

Breathable and beautiful in its own right, and perfect for storing garlic, keeping it both fresh and dry. Your rush basket will be woven by hand, using the native English common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). You will learn how to weave this pliable supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique basket to use and treasure.


9.30 - 4.00pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges approx £10

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Upcoming Dates


Wed 8th June 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 6