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Forest Forays

Forest Forays are relaxed & fun experiences in the woods. They differ from standard workshops in that the emphasis is on the being, not just the doing, the doing is the focus for being in the woods. The fire will be lit, the kettle will be on it & we will gather to enjoy the magical space & each other, whilst having the buzz of learning & playing.

Flower Carving

The timing for this event will coincide with the woodland being in bloom with the bluebells, so it’s flowers all round…
Using coppiced Hazel wood at different stages of growth, we will carve traditional Gypsy Flowers & smaller blossom flowers. Gypsy flowers are a stylised version of a traditional craft sold door to door as firelighters, carved well they become an ornamental object of beauty & at worst, you have yourself a cracking fire lighter. Gypsy flowers are carved using a drawknife clamped in a shavehorse, blossom flowers are carved using a small knife & can be very theraputic to whittle. Learn to use these tools & sharpen your knives as you go. This ancient woodland is undoubtedly the best place to practice this age old craft.
All materials included in cost.

What to bring

Yourself

A snack? Tea & biscuits will be provided but if you have a particular brew or smackeral you can’t live without, bring it along.

Comfy clothes & shoes suited to the woods & weather. I’d recommend boots/trainers & scruffs.

Other info

When you have booked your place I will email you with directions & instructions for parking.

The workshop site is within a 33acre woodland where we live, we have basic off grid facilities including a compost loo.

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