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Use your hands to create or restore personal treasures or individual keepsakes. Whether you work with clay, wood or paper, the creative process is an end in itself.

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Blacksmithing Introduction

Make custom forged items for your home as you learn about this heritage trade. You will learn how to be a striker using a sledge-hammer for your partner blacksmith (an old tradition in blacksmithing where people cooperate to forge a project) as well as making custom forged home fixtures (your choice of door knocker, door handle pull, wall hanging coat hooks and shelf brackets). Over the weekend you will learn: Workshop and safety induction Use of various hand forging techniques... [More]
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Knife Making: Chef's Knife

Enter the world of knife-making by crafting your own high-carbon steel chef’s knife under the guidance of a master craftsman. This intensive weekend course is taught by internationally recognised knife-maker, Keith Fludder and is limited to class size of only 4 people to allow for personalised supervision. It is open to students of all experience levels. As you make your own knife you will learn about: • Knife ergonomics, design and profiling • Blade geometry and its various... [More]
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Blacksmithing Fundamentals

Learn the foundation skills of the world’s oldest trade in this 6 week course. Master hand-forging techniques and apply your skills to make something useful. You will have your own work area in the heritage Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops and use your assigned coal forge, anvil, blacksmithing tongs, hammers and several specialty blacksmithing tools. You will learn how to be a striker using a sledge-hammer for your partner blacksmith (an old tradition in blacksmithing where people... [More]
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Class project: BBQ Tool Set
Impress at your next BBQ with a large, bespoke BBQ scraper and fork, complete with decorative finishes.
Selected blacksmithing tools and small projects such hand forged bottle opener or custom hooks may also be made.

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Furniture Restoration

Discover how simple, enjoyable and rewarding restoring your old wooden furniture can be. Let the natural beauty of the wood shine as you bring it back to its original state, or better. Learn how to use a paint stripper safely, sand, mix stains, sand and apply shellac. Gain practical knowledge of cleaning and waxing furniture, making minor repairs, recognising the different types of wood and understanding the importance of health and safety in the workshop. Whether it is a chair, a... [More]
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Materials

  • Pen and Notepad
  • Piece of furniture your wish to restore
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Mosaics

Create extraordinary mosaics to decorate your home and garden with colourful mosaic artworks. The ease and speed of execution, and beauty of the results, makes mosaicking one of the most enjoyable of the decorative arts. Learn the basics on a rectangular terracotta planter using various materials such as tiles, mirror and ceramics, known as tesserae. Another workshop idea is to create a still life mosaic on a 30cm square tile, using coloured glass, mirror and vintage ceramics The... [More]

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Blacksmithing: Hammer Making

The forging hammer is the foundation of forging for a blacksmith. This course introduces the techniques required to create a traditional forging hammer that is the right weight, size and balance according to the body and style of the smith. Starting out as a block or billet of steel, students will design a hammer head, forge the billet to size, punch the eye for the handle and forge in some decorative fullers. To finish off students will heat treat the hammer head, shape the handle... [More]
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Crochet

Come and join in the crochet crafting craze. Learn how to make retro granny squares and circles that will become the building blocks of your project. Get inspired by images and examples of crochet from retro classics to contemporary works. How many times during our busy lives, do we yearn for something to help us slow down? What if you could and be creative at the same time. Enjoy a mindful, stress-free activity in the company of other likeminded people. Unlock your inner designer... [More]

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Shibori Fabric Dyeing

Using the oldest traditional Japanese fabric dying technique, Shibori (that translates roughly as pole wrapping), create your own work of art. This is a type of tie dyeing in which certain areas on the cloth are reserved from dying by binding dots or stitching, allowing one to create intricate patterning in fabric surface. Learn how to successfully dye your fabric using natural plant materials, including indigo; a traditional blue dye commonly used with this technique. Finished... [More]
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Knife Making: Bushcraft Knife

Make the ultimate naturists knife. Under the guidance of master bladesmith, Keith Fludder, this course will show you how to craft your own bushcraft knife from a piece of high carbon steel using forging and stock removal techniques. Saturday begins with an introduction to the process of knife-making, looking at knife-ergonomics, design and profiling and an overview of stock removal and blade forging processes. Students will design their knife and begin work on forging and... [More]

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