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Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35870
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 9:08 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Those are beautiful!

DawnMK



Joined: 01 Dec 2008
Posts: 895
Location: Buckinghamshire
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

steve tomlin wrote:
Hi all,
Some new green wood working courses for this autumn and next spring. Come to the Lake District and learn to make beautiful presents from local wood.

Green Woodwork

Spooncarving 6-7 Oct 2012 - 125
Fan bird carving 17 Nov 2012 - 70
Working with bark 27-28 April 2013- 125

more info at http://stevetomlincrafts.wordpress.com/courses/

I do love those birds fantastic I wonder if i could be available

Steve


bulworthy project



Joined: 27 Jun 2011
Posts: 185
Location: Rackenford, Devon
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 12 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We're getting our course programme together for next year and as well as our charcoal courses we have teamed up with a local blacksmith to do a 2 day charcoal making and blacksmithing course.

Hopefully more to come soon.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24551
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 12 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, I was scheduled to do four one day courses at Acton Scott, but the last one has just been cancelled (like the other three) due to lack of numbers.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35870
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 12 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I guess it's the sort of thing that goes first when people are on a tight budget

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6473
Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 12 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have noticed the same thing here with some courses.

Ive got scheduled some wool extra value event - a visit to the Natural Fibre co, and a home processing/spinning event - no interest, so cancelling them today.

The cider/juicing event on 13th October is popular however...strange that.

bulworthy project



Joined: 27 Jun 2011
Posts: 185
Location: Rackenford, Devon
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 13 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had a few charcoal courses cancelled due to not enough people when we were trying to learn. That was in the boom times. As a result, we always run the course even if we only have 1 person booked on which has happened a couple of times. It's not very profitable but it does mean that people know that if they book on a course, it will run. We have a marquee that we can that we can put over the kiln if it is raining.

So far we've not cancelled a single course.

Now we have people comming in to do courses, it needs to be worthwhile for them. We would probably have got more outside courses if the economy was in a better shape, but we started doing this in the economic downturn and have not yet seen a good economy or a good summer. We're looking forward to it!

Other than charcoal making our courses this year are:
Blacksmithing
Spooncarving
Green Woodwork
Bowmaking

Details on the courses page of our website:
www.bulworthyproject.org.uk/courses.html

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6473
Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 13 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I still have loads of funding for putting on events within Cornwall. They have to be (even loosely) tied to farming, smallholding, rural tourism, diversification, so Im open to ideas.
I cant run qualification courses - ie ones where you NEED the qualification in order to do whatever - eg sprayer or chainsaw competency course.

Looking at gundog training, ice cream making, website design & marketing......

Bodrighy



Joined: 15 Aug 2008
Posts: 2157
Location: Near Devizes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 13 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just seen this thread.

I do one on one woodturning tuition. at different levels. Either in my workshop or in a students workshop. Also do demonstrations at clubs, schools etc.

Pete

Nell Merionwen



Joined: 02 Jun 2008
Posts: 16300
Location: Beautiful Derbyshire
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 13 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mochyn wrote:
Well, I was scheduled to do four one day courses at Acton Scott, but the last one has just been cancelled (like the other three) due to lack of numbers.


Heritage has gone like this over the last four or five years. It's slowly starting to pick up again.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6473
Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 13 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ive just had a 'work chat' this afternoon - apparently our funding is open to all all over the UK IF they are a farmer or farmworker (the smallholder thing is just in Cornwall).
To be honest, differentiating between a farmer and a smallholder has never been an issue for me. If you have a holding no your eligible.

Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
Posts: 6968

PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 13 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This reminds me.. we are running another two courses this year on chair seat caning (bergere cane work) - combined with a holiday in the most beautiful region of Spain - who could ask for more?

http://ianandluis.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/course-learn-to-weave-cane-seat.html

shadiya



Joined: 02 Feb 2008
Posts: 1285

PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 13 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorraine : I'd really like to do cattle foot trimming if you're going to be running one of those some time? It's supposed to be being offered by the local ish training place but they seem to have a lot more stuff they say they do than they actually do, if you see what I mean..... I have been waiting for what seems like millenia but is probably only a couple of years.

I have a holding number and DEFRA agrees I'm a farmer, even though I've only got a piddly little place....

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6473
Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 13 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yes, the RBS do cattle foot trimming - check the course list ...
go to Duchy Rural Business school and down the left hand menu go to short courses/event.
There should be something nearish to you.

Jamanda
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 34890
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 13 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I always read these posts as Royal bank of Scotland. They'd be a sight more useful if they did do cattle foot trimming.

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