Our first woodworking class! We are delighted to bring this new medium of creativity to our portfolio, and this in particular is an excellent match for us, being as much therapeutic process as new skills and socialising.
This 2 hour workshop is an unplugged, hand-tool workshop without any electrical tools. Using tools from an older era where woodwork was all done by hand, David will show us the skills of carving raw wood using draw knives and spokeshaves on a traditional shavehorse used to clamp the workpiece, through methods and techniques that have long-predated modern plug-in tools.
Using natural, raw wood, David is respectful of nature and what it can deliver to us, avoiding anything from the mass-machined industry. This is a step back into a time of hand-skills taught master to apprentice, through practice and patience.
In this introductory workshop, David will show you how to create a bud vase from a branch of wood, keeping some of the natural bark and introducing the basic techniques of hand wood working on a shavehorse, in keeping with an older era of skilled hand-crafting. You will go home with a sense of great achievement and calm from the process, and a vase to proudly display with fresh flower buds.
We will then run workshops to build on these skills over 4 weeks, producing tripod mug tables with mortise and tenon joints and if time allows, some smaller items such as necklace pendants with copper wire, heart and fox shapes or coasters.
We will also aim to include ring printing, where the beauty of a natural tree trunk slice is enhanced through torch flaming, then painted and rolled to produce a beautiful print to frame.
Please note: this introductory workshop is a stand-along workshop, but the skills taught will be required for the follow-on classes.
Numbers are limited to 6 participants to ensure David can provide full tutelage to each participant.
No previous experience necessary - just an interest in a slower, gentler way of working with wood and a process that produces calming peace.
Read more about David here.