As part of our activities, to inspire others and help them learn new craft skills, we run workshops and demonstrations both from our site near Durham as well as out and about.
We offer a range of craft activities for both children and adults that explore the history of craft within our culture and the connection of people to their landscape through the use of the natural materials we use. We have been working in schools and at fairs and festivals for 15 years and have full insurance and enhanced dbs certificates.
Sessions can either be as purely a demonstration or can be run as workshops that last from half an hour per person through to one or two hours.
Jo-Anne Bolton, wilow work.
- Making willow fish, 1/2 hour drop in. This is perfect for children and adults to have a go at the basics of weaving willow, all participants take away a finished fish.
- Willow flowers, a more involved session of one hour length that delves into the techniques a little deeper. Take away a finished flower
- A demonstration will involve the making of a complete basket showing all of the processes involved.
Beth Currie, wool work.
-Making coloured felt bracelets, felt ear rings or for really young ones, teasel mice. These are half hour drop in sessions with a finished item to take away.
-Making a peg rug takes one hour to finish.
-A two hour session would see people completing a dry felted Angel.
- A demonstration shows the making of a peg rug from a raw sheeps fleece.
These workshops can accommodate up to six people at a time.
Matt Whittaker, blacksmithing and greenwoodwork.
-Making decorative hooks from old metal and nails is a half hour workshop with participants taking away a finished hook. Metal is heated in a forge and hammered into shape on the anvil.
(Two people at a time)
-Making small wooden stools takes an hour and a half and using simple hand tools the project is finished and taken away. (Four people at a time)
-A drop in session where people can have a go at roughing out a bowl from a log and turning the blank on a lathe is a fun way to let lots of people have a go at something, especially in a festival situation. No item is taken away.
- Pole lathe and blacksmithing demonstrations are available.
Single person demonstration. £130
Demonstration of all three crafts. £360
Single person workshops. £180
All three workshops including all materials. £600
We endeavour to be fair with our pricing however we realise that budgets can be tight and we are always willing to talk about individual situations.