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Saturday Courses

Thorney Lakes

(Courses we ran in 2023)

The Rural Craft Courses (here) and the Green Info Workshops (here) will be held at the Green Scythe Fair Site on Saturday 8th June 2024.

Advance booking essential for all courses. 

In addition to these, at the same venue, there is a Scythe Beginners Course on Friday, and a two day Scythe Improver's Masterclass on Friday and Saturday.

See Scythe Info for more details

Rural Craft Courses

RURAL CRAFT COURSES

Horses in Harness

An Introduction to the Working Horse. Preparing the horse, how to fit harness, preparing the load, communication, moving and manoeuvring. Care of the horse and tack. A chance to drive a single cob horse in shafts with either carriage, sled or trailer.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

Duration 1.5 hours

Samantha Jane Flounders

COST

£25

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Leather Axe Mask

Make a mask out of leather for your axe.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

11am

Roger Harrington

COST

£30

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Learn To Sew a Pair of Hemp Drawstring Trousers

Would you like to make your own clothing? This course will teach you how to make a simple pair of Hemp trousers that you can take home with you! You will learn to cut and sew a simple pair of drawstring trousers on a traditional hand crank singer sewing machine. This is includes 2 metres of organic hemp fabric dyed in a colour of your choice. (Please let me know in advance which colour you would like. Red/Blue or Green) I also will need some measurements of yours so that I can bring the appropriate pattern that you need.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–4pm

Ben Schulz

COST

£90

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Eco Poetry Writing Workshop

Two half-day poetry workshops: each offers a different approach to writing a poem, Sessions involve sensory and written exercises, and immersion in the natural world. Themes include ecology, landscape, and the heritage of haymaking and scything. 


1. Zen and the Art of Writing a Poem.
Drawing on some of the writing methods used by the Beat Poets.

2. A Sense of Place. 

Writing poems that draw on all things sensory as the inherent voice of landscape.


*A selection of poems prompted by these workshops will be displayed on the Green Scythe Fair website, later in the year (with each writer’s permission). Please bring your own notebook or paper, and pen.
Beginners or experienced writers are welcome. 

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–1pm

2pm–5pm

Lucy Lepchani

COST

£20

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Sharpening Woodcarving and Other Edge Tools

For anyone who wants to learn how to  sharpen or to improve their sharpening. From gardening tools to kitchen knives and woodworking tools I can teach you to sharpen any tool. Bring your own tools and any sharpening stones etc. I can advise on your equipment. I will provide a large selection of most equipment on the market for you to try and use. Participants will be able to purchase Sharp, the definitive book on sharpening at 20 % off retail price on the day.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10.30am–3.30pm

Sean Hellman

COST

£35

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An introduction to Driving Horses

An introduction to driving horses with experienced horseman Jonathan Waterer.  Horse care basics, harnessing and hands on driving with a pair of shire horses.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

Morning session: 9.30am–12.30pm

Afternoon session: 1.30pm–4.30pm

Number of placements: 16 per session

Jonathan Waterer

COST

£50

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Spoon Carving

How to carve a blank from a log, with an axe. How to carve a spoon from a blank, with a straight and curved.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–1pm

2pm–5pm

Jane Gray-Wallis

COST

£40

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Make a Hay Rake

A half-day session in which learners will experience the processes involved in making a rake from green Ash which they can take away at the end of the session.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–1pm

2pm–5pm

Maurice Clother

COST

£50

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Bamboo Native American Flute Making

We will spend the day making a beautiful bamboo native American flute to take home with you tuned to minor pentatonic scale.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

9am–4pm

Greg Pow

COST

£110

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Make your own Earth Pigment Paints

Learn the slow and satisfying process of making your own watercolour paints. From foraging for rocks and earth, to grinding and binding, with plenty of time for experimenting with your paints on paper. Bring your creative play and practice into deep connection with the landscape around you, and come ready to get smashing. You will leave with your paints and the skills to carry on at home. You do not have to call yourself an artist to join!
All materials provided. Bring along your own gathered earth pigment to work with if you would like to. 

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–12pm

1pm–3pm

4pm–6pm

Kathryn John

COST

£25

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Rope Making

Drop in workshop no booking required.

Make your own laid and twisted rope from natural yarn. Learn about braided rope.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–4pm

Ben Wood

COST

£5

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Blacksmithing Workshop

One-to-one personal tuition learning the blacksmithing skills to make and forge your own poker, pendant, hook, bracelet or keyring. Please wear old clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Bring food and drink as its hot by the forge and you'll need to pace yourself if your not used to this sort of work. I'll be there to help and guide you step by step. Looking forward to forging with you.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–4.30pm

Sam The Blacksmith

COST

£100

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Willow Weaving

Make a garden trug with Somerset willow – ideal for foraging and picking salad leaves.


An easy, achievable design suitable for beginners. Suitable for adults and young people over 14 years.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–2pm

Hannah Aitken

COST

£40

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Tree songs walk with the Hedgesong Collective

Merry welcome to a seasonal singing walk with the Hedgesong Collective. Join us for a gentle walk around the trees onsite, immersing ourselves in song, folklore and knowledge.

The Hedgesong Collective gather and share traditional folk and contemporary songs about trees. Maz McNamara is a musician and songwriter, Emily Unsworth White is a community arts facilitator and gardener. Over this 2.5 hour workshop they will guide you on a leisurely walk around the Scythe Fair site, meeting a number of tree species.

Alongside learning simple harmony songs, there will be plenty of time to rest, discuss and learn together. These workshops are both led and collaborative sharing spaces – if you know a song about a tree, or some interesting facts and folklore, please bring it along! 

The Hedgesong Collective are members of the Natural Voice Network and are driven to make singing accessible and enjoyable for all. 

You may like to bring a camping chair on the walk, as there will be long periods of standing whilst learning songs and discussing trees. Please dress appropriately for the walk and weather. Alternative arrangements may be made to host the workshop indoors if the weather is too adverse. Children are welcome!

Workshop Leader: The Hedgesong Collective

Children between 7–8 years of age £10 

TIME
COURSE LEADER

2.5 hours

COST

£20

​Children between 7–18 years of age: £10 

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Recycled Copper Jewellery Workshop 

Learn to make copper jewellery by hand using your fingers, pliers, hammers and anvil, working with the alchemy of metal to create a durable piece. Bring a cushion or rug to sit on.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10.30–11.30am

12–1pm

3.30–4.30pm

Anya - Pixy Smith

COST

£10

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Copper Smelting Workshops

A half day session to learn how humans first started using metal. 


After handling different ores and artefacts, there will be a practical session where you will be guided to smelt a small amount of malachite ore to produce some copper metal prills. Suitable for all, including children over 14 if accompanied by a parent also doing the workshop.


Please wear old clothing you don’t mind getting dirty (preferably natural fabrics like cotton, denim or leather and enclosed footwear due to being near to a fire).


The simple bag bellows for the furnace are worked whilst sitting on the ground.

TIME
COURSE LEADER

10am–1pm

2pm–5pm

Fergus Milton

COST

£40

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Green Info Workshops

GREEN INFO WORKSHOPS (Saturday)

The Fungi Cailleach

TIME: 10–11.30am

Liana will take you on a journey into the magical world of fungi, a guided meditation through a blend of Myth and Mycology.

Liana takes her inspiration from her time walking and channeling in some of the most fantastical places, including the worlds oldest continuously surviving rainforest, woodlands of New Zealand, jungles of India, gorges of France and the woodlands, moorlands and coastlines of Britain and Ireland. 

Course Leader: Liana Ni Ceilleachair

Introduction to Veteran & Ancient Trees

TIME: 12–1.30pm

Kirst will cover “What’s the difference between them” and help with jargon busting.

Discussion on their cultural importance & their value to wildlife. 

How to get involved & record these trees so we can protect them.

Using Participatory and Deliberative Democracy 

TIME: 2.30–4pm

With the rise of all types of Assembly occurring right across the country and around the globe, Chris will explain and expand on the roots and uses of the processes and lay out the plan for their use by protest groups and the like going forward.

 

From on the Street decision making to a Second House in Parliament, the future of politics is going to be Deliberative and need your participation. Come to workshop to learn how and why from someone with several years of experience.

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