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2018

More Quirky Workshops in Bushcraft & Heritage Skills

Quirky Workshops and Course in Cumbria, Workshops in arts, craft courses, heritage skills, the Lake District and north west 2018

Quirky Workshops and Courses in Cumbria in Wood Carving & Whittling ~ Pole Lathe ~ Hand stitched Leather ~ Cob Ovens ~ Ceramics/sculpture

Raku ~ Stone Carving ~ Cane Chairs ~ Longbow ~ Blacksmithing /Knife Forging ~ Hazel/ Willow & Soft Basketry ~ Wire

 

 

Build a Cob Oven / Pizza Oven one day experience course with David Alty             Relief  Hardwood carving workshop with Alister Nevile at Quirky Workshops in Cumbria     Blacksmith for a Day Quirky Workshop with Adrian Wood in Cumbria Lake District       Life head sculpture workshop course with Damien Rochford at Greystoke Cumbria     

Stone carving sculpture with Simon Keeley in March 2017      Willow Sculpture workshops and courses in Cumbria, north West 'Hares' with Phil Bradley       Raku pottery day workshops near Penrith & Ullswater with Dave Norman ceramicist June to Sept 2017     Traditional English longbow workshops in Cumbria and the NorthWest, close to Ullswater at Greystoke Cycle Cafe with Tony Saunders       A Bird in a Day' wildlife whittling course with David Harter at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Ullswater and Penrith and Eden Valley

 

 

Click on these links for courses specific to Art, Textiles and Cookery.

All other workshops in variety are divided between this More Quirky Days page (mostly bushcraft related) and the Quirky Days page top left on menu .

Intensive Stone Carving with Simon Keeley

3D Sculptural forms

 

Join award winning stone carver Simon Keeley MA for this 3+ day course. During this exciting course you will be carving a 3d form of your choice, be it abstract and 'Moorish' or something more traditional for your garden or home.

A SHORT VIDEO about SIMON - click on pic

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Your course with Simon will take place in the Cyclist stone barn - a lovely work space  -Quirky Workshops ..Workshops and Courses in Greystoke near Penirth, Ullswater and the Eden Valley, in Cumbria

Simon will begin by leading you through the process of drawing and then creating a 'maquette' (a clay model) of your chosen subject, before teaching you how to transfer your design, from sketches on paper or in clay,

directly onto the block before you begin carving.

Simon will then demonstrate the stone carving process, and then over the following 3 days you will be guided through carving your own design in stone. The course will take place in an outdoor, unheated space under cover, out in the sunshine or in an old barn.

Your course fee includes refreshments and a lovely 2 course lunch each day, all tuition and tools. The stone to carve will cost extra - between £20 to £40 per person depending on the stone - this will be payable on the day. Clay for the maquette is provided FOC.

 

Sun 27th to Wed 30th May 2018

Starts from 4.30pm onwards, 7pm latest to 9pm Sunday 27 May 2018,

to work on your design and form your maquette,

then Mon May 28 to Wed 30h May 9.30-4pm

£330 inc a 2 course lunch every day and all refreshments

 

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Easy to work Portland limestone, Bath Stone or similar is used for this course.

Suitable for all abilities

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Please book here
How to book

or through Simon by email or

through Simon Keeley's website

Simon has consistently won awards for his work in the much acclaimed 'Craft and Design' publication. After one of his Gold awards, a judge commented: '' ....for me the work of Simon Keeley takes my breath away. He is not just an immensely skilled stone carver, he has exceptional draftsmanship and the ability to adapt his skills to traditional and contemporary styles of work. ..... it is his desire to not just demonstrate his skills and have his work on view for all to see, but to pass on his skills through teaching at workshops .... that stands him out above the other finalists. ..... to enable our children and grandchildren to experience the joy that owning – and maybe creating - a skilfully made, beautiful piece of handcrafted work brings to our everyday lives'

 

About Simon Keeley

Simon has been stone carving for some 20 years and teaching to all abilities for the last ten. His first training was as a Stone Mason at York college and he later worked as a Stone Mason for Bowman and Sons in Lincolnshire. After training as a Stone Carver at the London City and Guilds Art School, his inter-relational and design skills were pushed to new limits on the MA Art in Architecture course, at the University of East London. This gave him the confidence to go on to teach stone carving, in art colleges and privately.

He regularly takes commissions and also produces free flowing sculptural carving for ecclesiastical, gallery, garden, public art spaces and private individuals.

 

 

Whittling with Dave Harter

Learn traditional hand carving and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools, to complete a beautiful carved bird in a day, which can then be attached to a display base.

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'A Bird in a Day'

Sun 25 March 2018

Tues 29 May (after Bank Hol)

Sun 17 June

All courses 9.30 - 5pm ish
£75 inc lovely lunch

How to book

Whittling is addictive once started - therapeutic from being relaxing, absorbing and creative & richly rewarding in a sense of personal achievement.

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All that is needed is a lump of wood, a craft knife and your lap which means whittling can be done almost anywhere; it is also easily transportable.

Two types of wood are ideal for carving; the beautiful native lime and the more exotic Jelutong.

Dave will complete the early preparative work to each wooden bird block in order that the workshop can be completed in just one day - you will be carving a 'smoothie', and some of you may

prefer to keep this finish.

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A smoothie Song Thrush
student piece waiting to be oiled.

Dave has worked with wood for many years and for the last four consecutive years his carvings have achieved Three Gold, Five Silver, and One Bronze awards at the National Bird Carving Championships held annually in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Pictures of his carvings have appeared in many publications and books.

Whittling Wildlife in Wood with David Harter at Greystoke Cycle Cafe  - a beginner student piece -Quirky Workshops ..Workshops and Courses in Greystoke near Penirth, Ullswater and the Eden Valley, in Cumbria

Student piece.

What to Bring and Material Costs

A materials charge of £15 will be payable to the tutor on the day, which covers both Dave's preparatory work and the specialist wood cost.

Tools will be provided, but may be purchased after the course if you're bitten by the carving bug.

 

If you wish to purchase you own tools before you arrive (not necessary at all) the knives required are Stanley code 10- 590 and Stanley 10-598. Blades are coded Stanley 5901. Dave will have all these tools available to borrow for the day or to buy at the end.

Plumage details can be refined using pyrography - transforming your bird into a life like model.

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This is one of the tutor's many lovely pieces.

 

Relief Carving in Hardwood

with Alister Neville 2018

Sat 25 August or Mon 27 August

9.30 - 4.30pm

 

We welcome the return of Alister Neville whose courses were so popular a

few years ago.  Arriving by large van & trailer he provides three solid workbenches to sit

on the driveway (under the canopies if it look like rain) 

Plenty of space still, lots of tools and reference material.

Bring any ideas you have, let Alister guide you through the priniples of Relief carving in Hardwood,

show you the rights and wrongs of chisel safety (they are extremely sharp) and show you

how to start on your piece.

 

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£82 inc a lovely 2 course  lunch

How to book

Materials Charge

. There will be a materials charge of between £5 and £15 depending on the choice. Alister brings many different shapes/sizes of wood for house signs, bowls, plaques etc. If you wish to carve a breadboard please pre book or need a specific shape.

 


Hand Stitched Leather with Ruth Pullan

A Small Leather Bag

in a Day

Wed 25 July or Thur 26 July 2018

£75 inc a lovely Aga lunch
9.30 - 4.30pm ish

How to book

Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials.

Join her for this workshop which will give you the basic skills needed to make a leather belt and a simple coin purse, or a small leather bag.Please contact Ruth before the course if you have a particular colour in mind.

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You will learn how to:

 

  • dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
  • stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
  • bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish
  • fit buckles and fastenings

Bag making material costs will be £25 payable to Ruth on the day.

Leather Bags from our 2017 course

 

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Bush Craft Days with David Alty - Cob/Pizza/Bread Oven building

Pizza Oven Building days

Sat 9 or Sun 10 June 2018

Sat 28 or Sun 29 July

Sun 12 August 2018

9.30am - 4pm 6 students per course
£100 inc a lovely 2 course lunch & all refreshments etc

How to book

Note: this is a hands on experience day meaning you will take the

knowledge home with you to build your own.

Click on the picture below for a video kindly provided
by Richard and Ali of their Easter 2016 workshop

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Learn the skills to build a Cob Pizza oven to enable you to recreate your very own outdoor Pizza and Bread oven in your own garden.

Working with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn about the importance of materials, dimensions and insulation levels. As a team you will then have great fun mixing the cob with bare feet and creating a sand form. Once the cob is ready to use, the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.

After lunch you will light a previously finshed Cob Oven and stone  bake a pizza.  Accordingly you will learn the process of lighting & cooking (as well as baking bread), how to repair an oven, how to open your oven once it is dried and ready to use (4 to 8 weeks in summer depending on climate), and about lime rendering in order to waterproof it if required - though this is not as yet entirely waterproof. .

 

 

 

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Spaces are limited and early

booking is recommended

 

        

 

 

Raku Pottery with Dave Norman

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About Dave Norman

Dave Studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and then ran his own studio in Scotland, producing large architectural ceramics for several years.

After 14 years teaching ceramics in tertiary education he established a new studio in North Cumbria producing thrown slip decorated wares and these beautiful raku pieces, sold locally in galleries.

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Student Pieces from June 2017

Firing in the Raku Style

Sat 14 or Sun 15 April 2018

Sat 16 or Sun 17 June 2018

Thu 9 Aug Sat 11 Aug

Sun 23or Tue 25 Sept

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc

How to book

Suitable for beginners, ie those with no experience of pottery.

Come and enjoy a day experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins!

Exciting and fast moving, it is irresistible and highly in vogue.

 

Dave arrives with his kiln, a variety of pots ready to fire, and all equipment necessary for the day. The class takes place outside.

What is Raku?

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony.

The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c.

They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery. A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

 

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There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day for usually between 5 to 8 pieces.



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Naked raku is a variation in which a slip is applied to the pot before it is placed in the kiln. The slip cracks and breaks apart during the firing and is chipped off to reveal a blackened crackle pattern or an intentional design as seen here on these pieces of Dave's.

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Student pieces from the June 2017 classes


 

Life Head Sculpture with Damien Rochford

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Life Head Sculpture in Clay

Wed 1st August 2018

This is the Wednesday between the much acclaimed

POTFEST in the PARK (Sat 28/9)

and

POTFEST in the Pens (Sat 4/5)

If you find yourself staying locally don't miss this chance

to have a go at a life head Sculpture workshop

with this talented artist.

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

9.30 - 4.30pm

You will be working in clay using an armature

(temporary, removable support) made from wooden skewers.

 

Both courses are suitable for beginners and those with experience.

Numbers permitting we hope to use a live model for the days if and additional charges may apply for life models for those classes from £10 to to £25 per student depending on numbers. 

Otherwise we will work from photographs, or computer generated 3d model printouts. We do not all need to sculpt the same model - students can for example sculpt a friends or family members etc .

You can bring along your own photos.

 


 

How to book

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Material Charges

The tutor will provide aprons, clay modelling tools and the clay which will be between £12 and £20. Students may take their pieces home for firing or allow them to dry unfired.

See main text for possible model fees.

About Damien

A life long artists, Damien is a mainly self-taught as a sculptor, but his inspiration has been many of the famous figurative sculptors including Bernini, Rodin, Degas and Henry Moore. He works with a variety of materials including traditional clay, wax, plastering and polymer clays before having the works cast in 'foundry' bronze using the lost wax process, then hand finished and patinated, making each piece unique. They are then produced in limited fine art editions and sold privately and through galleries such as The Wykeham Gallery in Stockbridge UK.

Living and working from his studio at home in Hampshire with his family and a variety of animals, his work is now increasingly influenced and based on the wildlife around him.

 


 

Pole Lathe Turning with Chris Helliwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Be a Bodger for a Day!  2018

Sat 4 Aug  - Beginners Pole Lathe

Sun 5 Aug  - Pole lathe next stage- Bowl Turning

(some exp. required)

£75 adults
£45 for 16 to 21 year olds when accompanied by a full place

How to book

Join Yorkshire Bodger Chris Halliwell to learn the process of working with green wood -

the importance of choosing the right sections and making the right cuts.

 

Pole Lathe Turning with Chris Helliwell at a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

For the BOWL Turning Days experience is required ie if you've attended another beginners lathe day here or elsewhere.

Material Charges

:   Pole lathe turning, and especially

bowl turning, is strenuous. Those attending should

be prepared for a physical day.

:  There will be a small charge of £5 per students payable directly to the tutor to cover materials used on the day.

Pole Lathe Turning with Chris Helliwell at a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


Pole Lathe turning Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe with Chris Helliwell  - Click on here to see all photos of the last day here

Learn how to prepare the wood from a freshly cut log section, which part to use and how to reduce it in readiness for the lathe, using a draw knife and the saw horse.

Working on a pole lathe is very relaxing but it also requires a reasonable level of fitness! Once you get on the pole lathe you'll realise why it helps to have cycling legs - it's quite physical but also extremely satisfying - you'll burn a few calories but you might not notice as you'll be concentrating too - totally different from an electric lathe - it is all leg power.

The bodgers’ lathes had to be portable to carry out to the woods and this is why courses such as these can run - Chris, can bring his many lathes with him - they are each driven and worked by one person.

Pole Lathe turning Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe with Chris Helliwell

Bowl Making on a Pole Lathe

Pole Lathe Turning with Chris Helliwell at a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Traditional English Long Bow making with bowyer, Tony Saunders

 

The English longbow is a powerful type of medieval weapon used both in hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. The English use of longbows was effective against the French during the Hundred Years' War, particularly and most famously at the Battle of Agincourt (1415).

The traditional English Longbow was made from Elm, Ash or Yew and sometimes whatever was available, even Hazel. Originally they probably didn’t even have a leather grip, just a mark on the wood for the position of the arrow.

Laminated bows came later in Victorian times, (modern Longbow makers tend to use the laminated method) as imported woods became available -eg Hickory, Lemon wood, Purple heart - and these are glued together to form the bow.

 



Traditional Longbow Making 2 Day Courses

Sat /Sun 30/31 June 2018

Tue/ Wed  7/8 August  2018

9.30 -5pm ish
£180 inc lunch both days

To book this Greystoke course please click below

How to book

or contact Tony Saunders 07961 054 114

 

During this course you will be making a longbow out of a single piece of ASH.

Nothing is laminated or glued.

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 to use a draw knife and finally a spoke shave.. The stave or bow will then be 'tillered' or trained to bend with great care under Tony's watchful eye to ensure no one become over enthusiastic and ends up with nothing more than firewood!

Once the draw length of the bow is achieved suitable for the size of the maker, you can estimate the draw weight and start making the bow string to suit your bow and size.

At some stage we hope to run a YEW English longbow course - please let us know asap if you're interested. We would be glad to learn of any fresh suitable straight yew boughs available for sale.

Click below for short video of summer's Longbow making course made by
Jamie Howe Experience day videos

 

Tony is a multi award winning conservationist with ten years experience in coppice, ancient woodland management and green woodwork. He has been running Longbow courses for several years from his woodland workshop at Brown Robin Nature reserve near Grange over Sands.

He runs many other courses from Grange as well as Longbow making in many other woodland crafts - see his website.

Hopefully at the end, if there is time, you will head over to the Greystoke Castle

estate to have a go at shooting arrows to put your longbow through its paces.

 

Materials Charge

Payable to Tony directly on the day for the ash staves that he prepares and brings depending on the length between £10 and £12 per person.

Tutor and bowyer Tony Saunders - click here for short video of a summer longbow course

If you are prepared to share a shave horse and work together it may be possible for a parent and child

to make a single bow together for an extra fee of just £40.

Only well behaved children over 12 please :)

 

Previous
Workshop Photos
June 2014

Previous
Workshop Photos
August 2014

 

Originally Longbows were believed to be around 6ft in length with an estimated draw weight of 90–110 pounds-force maximum. However, since the excavation of the Mary Rose, (the famous warship of King Henry VIII in service from 1511 until she sunk in 1545) where amazingly the longbows had been preserved in the mud and so the first ever intact examples of medieval weaponry were discovered. The length range was found to be from 6ft 2in to an amazing 6ft 11in - averaging 6ft 6in.

Starting to make the bow line the traditional way

The originally estimated draw forces were proved to be modest - the examples from the Mary Rose showed estimated by Hardy at 150–160 lb. It was believed that a professional mediaeval archer could shoot an arrow around 350- 400 yards and an average archer approx 200 yds.

It was essential that the English army had sufficient young, up and coming archers in the making and it was a skill requiring huge strength, precision and training. It was this difficulty in using the longbow which led various monarchs of England to issue instructions encouraging their ownership and practice, including the

Assize of Arms of 1252 and King Edward III's declaration of 1363:

 

"Whereas the people of our realm, rich and poor alike, were accustomed formerly in their games to practise archery – whence by God's help, it is well known that high honour and profit came to our realm and no small advantage to ourselves in our warlike enterprises. That every man in the same country, if he be able-bodied, shall, upon holidays, make use, in his games, of bows and arrows... and so learn and practise archery."

If the people practised archery, it would be that much easier for the King to recruit the proficient longbowmen he needed for his wars.The Yew trees of England were mostly cut down for longbow production and laws were changed to allow the kings men access to all lands for the extraction of Yew.

Once local supplies were exhausted we starting importing and then created a new law obliging all incoming ships to bring with them 4 staves of Yew wood just for long bows.

Such was the demand for Yew that it was becoming increasingly rare through France and Germany and we were turning to the Baltic for new supplies. Ironically, just at that time demand dried up as gunpowder and muskets became weapons of choice - with its easy penetration of plate armour. In addition the long and necessary skilled training needed by longbowmen eventually led to their decline and being replaced by musketmen countrywide.


 

 

Knife Forging Workshop with Mark Constable FWCB

 

A Hand Forged Knife in a Day

£150 each day inc lovely lunch etc and all materials

 Friday 20th July 2018- book here with Mark

Sat 21 July or Sunday 22nd July - book here with Annie

 

£150 each day inc lovely lunch etc

9.30 - 4.30pm 4 places max each day

No previous experience is required.

This knife-making course is more akin to silversmithing than blacksmithing, using light hammers and finesse rather than brute force.

During the day you will design, hand forge, heat treat (harden and temper), make and rivet on a wooden handle before honing the knife to razor sharpness.

Whether you chose to make a fruit knife, small kitchen prep knife or a replica Saxon eating knife the choice is yours, what you will take home is totally unique hand made with a personality all of its own, a rustic and almost historic looking piece.

An important aspect of the course will be using the very simple bucket forge, improvised anvils and some basic tooling allowing you to replicate this simple, cheap and compact set up if you decide that knife making might be a new hobby for you.

 

Knife Forging Day 'Quirky Workshop' with MArk Constable at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Knife Forging Day 'Quirky Workshop' with MArk Constable at Greystoke Cycle Cafe       

Material Costs

There will be a small materials charge payable to Mark on the day to cover costs of steel and charcoal.

Knife Forging Day 'Quirky Workshop' with MArk Constable at Greystoke Cycle Cafe     Knife Forging Day 'Quirky Workshop' with MArk Constable at Greystoke Cycle Cafe      Knife Forging Day 'Quirky Workshop' with MArk Constable at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


 

       Blacksmith for a Day

 

A Blacksmith Sculpted a Garden Flower

 

Join Adrian Wood for an exciting day of blacksmithing.

Dragon Hooks, ramshead fire pokers or sculptural garden flowers

All popular choices for this one day workshop with

Adrian and Andy

Adrian Wood is a university graduate with a degree in fine art sculpture from The University of London.

Blacksmith  for a Day Workshop with Adrian Wood at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Adrian completed his training at a blacksmiths forge in York, after which he worked for Brian Russell, widely regarded as one of the finest blacksmiths in the UK. Brian's approach to creating bespoke and uniquely designed metalwork has an enormous effect on the sculptures and designs created by Adrian Wood Artist Blacksmiths.

 


with Adrian Wood 2018

Sun 27 May  Ramshead Poker

Sun 15 July 2018 Sculptural flower

Sun 7 Oct   Dragon Hooks

Sun 25 Nov   Ramshead Poker

£115 inc lunch/materials


How to book

These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

Take artistic Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy equipped with 4 portable blacksmithing furnaces, 8 anvils and many tools. The ingredients for a perfect blacksmithing day.

Make Dragon Hooks

 

What to bring:

please wear old clothing
sensible shoes, preferably leather (plastic trainers can melt), strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron - canvas/leather - if you wish.
However do bear in mind this is hot work.

The cost of materials is included on most of the courses.

The course takes place under cover outside.

 

Make a Ramshead Fire Poker

Make a Rams Head fire poker Sun 16 Nov - 3 spaces left

Dragons Hooks,
Rams Head Fire Pokers or
Garden Sculptured Flowers

 

Previous
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Ramshead Pokers

Previous
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Dragon Hooks/Pokers

 

Feature article in HomeFarmer  Mag about a Greystoke Blacksmithing workshop with Adrian Wood in Feb 2013

 

 

Paper engineering with Rob Ives

 

Rob Ives is a hugely talented and renowned

paper engineer and crafter based in Cumbria.

He has has designed everything

from mechanical paper flying pigs to 3D pop up cards and much more

  He specialises in teaching

others how to create their own models by

following his succinct step by step

instructions


'Paper models & automata'

The irresistable fascination of paper mechanics.

Tue 13 March 2018

Tue 6 Nov 2018

All courses 9.30 - 4pm ish
£68 inc lovely lunch

How to book

 



Join Rob for a day, gleen some of his expertise and partake in creating another of his quirky and humerous inventions.

Under his guidance you will build your very own paper model designed uniquely for this Quirky Workshop day.

Materials are included in the price

Join Rob for a day, glean some of his expertise and partake in creating another of his quirky and humorous inventions.

Under his guidance you will build your very own paper model designed uniquely for this Quirky Workshop day.

Many of today's younger engineers may have found early inspiration in the humorous and ingenious models created by Rob- my owns sons certainly did, providing happy hours of fascination with mechanics. '

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Willow Weaving and Willow Sculpture Days with Phil Bradley

Courses are suitable for all abilities, especially beginners!

 

Willow Hares (student pic) with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe      Willow Hares (student pic) with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe       Willow Hares (student pic) with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Student work

 

Willow Workshops with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

All willow days incur an extra charge of £10.
Please arrive with this in cash ready to give Phil

before the end of the class.

When not teaching or making willow baskets, Phil spends much time managing or harvesting his organic willow beds near Cockermouth

When not teaching, creating, demonstrating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willow beds near Cockermouth.

Cumbria's organic Willow Master

Willow Weaving and Willow Sculpture Days with Phil Bradley A Quirky workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke -
his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing.

By the end the day, students take away their very own completed willow creation.

All courses take place in our cosy barn during colder months, though we make a beeline for the garden as soon as it’s warm enough in the spring (so dress suitably in middling weather). T



Make your own life size Herdwick Lakeland Sheep with Phil Bradley - in a day at Greystoke Cycle Cafe !!

Willow Sheep


Thursday 16 November 2017

Wed 11 July 2018

£90 inc lunch etc
Max 8 places

How to book

Phil has been responsible for creating several life size sheep around the north of England and for the last 2 years has been running very popular Sheep weaving days here.

 

Make your own life size Herdwick Lakeland Sheep with Phil Bradley - in a day at Greystoke Cycle Cafe !!!

The group size for willow sheep will be smaller, it may be a bit of a longer day - perhaps until 4.30 or 5pm and the material costs a little higher.

Willow Sheep - lifesize- with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

These photos show how Phil's excellent tutoring ensures even beginners can make a willow sheep.

Willow Hens and Cckerels with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Pictures above of our last
Hens and Cockerels day

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Hens and Cockerels

Friday 17 November 2017

Friday 21 Sept 2018

 

£78 inc lunch etc

Spend another relaxing day with Phil sculpting your own farmyard birds -

choose wither hen or cockere  or if you're quick - both!

Willow Hens and Cckerels with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

All Willow courses have an additional materials charge for the locally grown                   and harvested organic willow of £10 payable to Phil on the day.



Willow Wigwams with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

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Willow Wigwams

Although all the willow courses are suitable for Beginners - the wigwam is by far the easiest course on offer and so will render the best results for any nervous beginners - Phil is a brilliant tutor and will keep you all on track.

Wigwams add structure, make great statements in the veg patch and can be used for climbing flowers and peas/beans etc in all areas of the garden.

They can also be put into large 1/2 oak barrels to support sweet peas or and other climbing veg or flowers - even clematis.

Willow Wigwams with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Willow Wigwams with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Wigwam and Angel Days are both quite structured and so make ideal days for nervous beginners



Willow Deer

Wed 10 Oct 2018

 

£78 inc lunch etc
9.30 - 4.30pm ish

How to book

Spend your day creating your very own life size small willow deer – some 2 ½ - 3ft high - to graze in the corner of your orchard (if you’re lucky enough to have one!), hide in your herbaceous border, luxuriate on your lawn - or watch you forever from a windowsill.

Willow Deer Sculptures with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Willow Deer Sculptures with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

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Willow Hares


Tuesday 5 December 2017

Thu 24 May 2018

Tue 13 Nov 2018

£78 inc lunch etc

How to book

Make a life size hare to nestle in your garden border.

Willow Hare Sculptures with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Willow Hare Sculptures with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

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Willow Hare Sculptures with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe



Willow Angels Workshops with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

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Willow Angels

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Thu 6 Dec 2018

£78 inc lunch etc

How to book

These Angel days are traditionally our last workshops before the Christmas break and are full of festive spirit.

So join Phil to produce your own 2/3ft high Angel to grace a special corner of your room at Christmas.

Made to Phil’s own design they are unique and look great with candles burning at their base and their wings lit up with stars/lights/tinsel which shimmers in the rising heat.

They are so beautiful you may be tempted to keep them on display; just remove the Christmas connections and they’ll be happy in a special corner and watching over you and looking elegant. Ours is in the loo (the room)!

Willow Angels Workshops with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Willow Angels Workshops with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Willow Angel with an allium halo -Willow Angels Workshops with Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Hazel Framed Basket 2 day workshop

with Lorna Singleton

new for 2018

 

Hazel Basket making 'by knife'

2 day course

 

Wed 25 and Thu 26th July 2018

£175 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc each day

How to book

 

Based in the coppiced woodlands of South Cumbria, Lorna is a graduate of the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust and a member of Coppice Association North West and the Basketry Association.

Day One will include a lot of bushcraft  - cyntells, gypsy craft, geography,.material selection, dressing with a knife (technique applicable to much split wood basketry and
skeined work), riving, stripping, dressing and soaking for the following day.
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Day Two starts with preparing the main frame spelks and taws, weaving & creating your own beauitiful Hazel basket. Learning about history and adaptations.


Materials are charged £10 per person.payable to Lorna on the day.

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Please note

Handling the wood, repeated knife work and weaving requires

some hand strength.

Stripping the wood uses the knee and can be difficult so

expect some surface bruising after day 1.

Some knife skills would be useful but are not essential..

 

 


Soft Basketry Techniques


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Soft Basketry with Averil Otiv

Introduction to Rush basket weaving

Wed 6th June 2018

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

9.30-4.30pm

Learn how to make a beautiful basket in English rush using traditional techniques.

Rush has a long history as a versatile basket making material and provides a good introduction to the craft of basketry.

It is easy on the hands and a joy to work with.

Materials are £5 to £10 tbc.

 

Weave a special 'Map' basket

Monday 12 Nov 2018

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

9.30 -4pm

An ingenious way to craft some old style maps which may not be used again into something useful to keep.

Weave yourself a small basket as a useful small waste paper basket or desktop tidy. 

If you cannot find any of the special linen OS maps on ebay - Averil will have some for use.

Materials charge if required will be between £5 and £10

 

How to book

 

 

Please look out for some old linen OS maps in charity shops or on Ebay to make waster paper baskets.

 

 

 

About Averil

With a lifelong interest in the natural world Averil studied botany at university before teaching Biology in the both America and at home. She attended an inspiring workshop some 20 years ago which sparked a passion for textiles and the finer intricacies of weaving, which she then extended to her garden. Particularly keen on the tapestries created from weaving plants harvested at home; she now holds workshops showing others how to make soft baskets and pouches using natural materials. Particularly satisfying is being intimately involved with every stage of the process from harvesting, to drying and sometimes using natural dyes before transforming the soft dried fronds into something special and useful.

 

       

 

 

Making Wire Garden Sculptures

 

with Susan Nichols

Wire Geese

Sat 11 Aug 2018

 

10am to 4.30pm £100 inc lunch

 

Wire Hens

Fri 10 August 2018

9.30 - 4pm £90 inc lunch

 

WHAT TO BRING ON THE DAY

Please bring 3 things:
A pair of needle nosed pliers
Strong gloves - but not so thick as to be clumsy - the green type textured gardening gloves from B&Q are ideal
Something to protect your lap - a strong/thick apron is good- or a piece of leather if you happen to have one?
The cafe has some strong aprons you may borrow.

 

Susan Nichols works from Holmfield Nurseries near Driffield, East Yorkshire and has been running courses making Wire Sculptures for the last nine years.

Made out of pre-cut sectioned galvanised chicken wire they are solid, sturdy, and designed to last for years and years in your garden.

Material charges payable to the tutor on the day are dependent upon wire prices at the time:

typically around
Geese @ £15 per bird
Hens @ £12 per bird

Susan brings the wire pre-cut and sectioned - in ready to use pieces.

Susan also runs workshops from her own home in Fridaythorpe in East Yorkshire.
handmadewiresculptures.moonfruit.com


 

Cane Chair restoration workshop with Wendy Wilkinson

 

Caning for Beginners

 

How to book

Great news for cane chairs everywhere! Although its not possible even for the most experienced to replace a cane chair seat in a single day, this is wonderful opportunity to learn the various stages of this lovely craft from Wendy, an experienced restorer in a single day course.

By the end of the day you will be going home with a chair well on its way to receiving a

lovely new bottom...

. . .and hopefully you'll remember never to allow anyone to use any caned chair to change a light bulb - ever again!

A 'Quirky Worksop' Cane Chair restoration with Wendy WIlkinson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

A 'Quirky Worksop' Cane Chair restoration with Wendy WIlkinson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe A 'Quirky Worksop' Cane Chair restoration with Wendy WIlkinson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Wendy Wilkinson is an experienced restorer from Manchester and will travelling to Greystoke for the day to teach this wonderful age old craft. You will need to bring with you a cane chair to restore, and in order that the chair is ready to start being recaned as soon as the day begins, students must remove the existing cane (and keep it for use a template) before they arrive - we will send you the simple instructions provided by Wendy when you book.

There is a materials charge of approx £15 payable in cash to Wendy on the day for the cane used for each chair.


Wood block Engraving - a 3 day course with Peter Brown

Join Peter to gain a sound introduction to wood engraving. Suitable for those with some drawing experience and would like to print, there is no need to have any prior knowledge of printmaking.

 

Wood Block engraving 'Quirky Workshop' 2 day course with Peter Brown at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Lake District Cumbria

WE ARE COLLECTING NAMES OF THOSE INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE

- PLEASE LET US KNOW - THANK YOU

 

9.30 - 4.30pm each day
£185 for the three days inc lunch
& refreshments

How to book

 

Peter's iconic illustrations have been accompanying the weekly 'Feather Report' column by Derwent May in The Times - describing the birdlife in Britain -  for the past 20 years.

 

 

Wood Block engraving 'Quirky Workshop' 2 day course with Peter Brown at Greystoke Cycle Cafe,  Lake District , Cumbria

Of all artists’ printing methods, wood engraving needs the least equipment. It does not require a press but may be printed by hand; the cost of the basic tools and materials is small, as is the space needed to engrave and print a block, and there is little mess. Together these qualities make it very suitable for the keen amateur and it may be practised happily at home. It is a quiet, contemplative process, yet one which often results in characteristically strong images and has a deep tradition in Britain.

Wood Block engraving 'Quirky Workshop' 2 day course with Peter Brown at Greystoke Cycle Cafe,  Lake District , Cumbria Wood Block engraving 'Quirky Workshop' 2 day course with Peter Brown at Greystoke Cycle Cafe,  Lake District , Cumbria Wood Block engraving 'Quirky Workshop' 2 day course with Peter Brown at Greystoke Cycle Cafe,  Lake District , Cumbria

Peter Brown gained a post-graduate diploma in illustration from St Martins in 1992 and has since worked as a freelance illustrator and printmaker. He is a visiting lecturer in further education and teaches printmaking workshops at Central St Martins, Morley College, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gainsborough’s House and the Sidney Nolan Trust. He specialises in wood engraving and Japanese woodblock and is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers. He exhibits with the Society of Wildlife Artists and his website can be seen here.

Please note: filming is not permitted at any of our workshops

Quirky Workshops
Poplin Dub • Greystoke • Penrith • CA11 0UT
Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984 • annie2@quirkyworkshops.co.uk