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I will be teaching the following scheduled courses this year, to reserve a place, please tick the box of the course(s) that you are interested in & then Click Book. I also have experience in running & programming tailor made courses for a wide range of charities, companies, organisations, schools, educational groups & nature reserves.

If you would like to enquire about a course or workshop please contact me.


CourseDateLocationInfoCostSelect
2017 Course Brochure01/01/2017
(1 day)
available now
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. If you would like to receive a free 2017 course brochure via post or email, (pdf approx. 2.0MB in size) simply forward me your postal or email address.£0
Willow Growing25/02/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.00pm
Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, Kent. TN26 3RJLearn how to plant out a withy bed using 'setts' whilst harvesting an existing crop. Guidance on spacing, ground preparation, maintenance and different harvesting techniques will all be explored.Fully Booked 
Living Willow Chairs26/02/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.30pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Learn how to weave & grow your own living willow chair without using a single nail, screw or joint. Make sure you have enough room in the garden to plant it.!!Fully Booked 
Hedgelaying11/03/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 4.30pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. A well managed hedge has always been far more effective than a fence, not to mention its long term benefits to wildlife. You will learn not only how, but why hedges should be managed with this traditional technique. Fully Booked 
Coracles01/04/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 5.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. These excellent one man boats are ideal for getting up or down stream, they are even light enough to carry on your back. Making your own is as much fun as paddling one! The focus will be on making an Irish Boyne style coracle with a Calico covering, complete with seat & paddle.Fully Booked 
Hedgerow Basketry08/04/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 4.30pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. See hedgerows in a completely new light. There's a fantastic array of colours and textures available from a wide range of hedgerow materials. Learn how to use them to weave your own contemporary style round basket. Suitable for complete beginners or those with some previous basketry experience.Fully Booked 
Wattle Hazel Hurdles22/04/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.30pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Learn how to split hazel rods in preparation for weaving your hurdle. Then weave them into a strong, long lasting & pleasing to the eye wattle hurdle. Ideal for the farm, small holding or garden.Fully Booked 
Willlow Plant Supports23/04/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.30pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. You can choose to make either a conical (wig wam) type plant support, trellis or a woven willow hurdle panel. All made to measure for your own garden using Willow &/or Hazel.Fully Booked 
Bentwood Hazel Chairs06/05/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 5.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Create a beautiful bentwood hazel chair for your home or garden using simple hand tools. The techniques employed can also be used in your own projects to create tables, racks or shelving.Fully Booked 
Gypsy Flowers & Pegs13/05/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Learn how to carve traditional wooden gypsy flowers using locally coppiced wood. Then learn how to make traditional gypsy pegs for your clothes line.Fully Booked 
Frame Basketry20/05/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 4.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Using a combination of Willow & Hazel, learn to make a gypsy style frame basket. From forming the frame to randing the last weaver. Suitable for both beginners or those with some basketry experience.Fully Booked 
Shave Horses10/06/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 5.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. From a hand full of round logs learn how to make a useful shaving horse device to take home. An ideal introduction into working with green or round wood. It involves many of the basic coppice craft skills such as cleaving, shaving & mortising.Fully Booked 
Bowl Carving17/06/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.30pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Carve a contemporary style bowl from a solid piece of wood. Correct use & care of axes, chisels & different knives will all be shown along with various different hollowing & carving techniques.Fully Booked 
Spoon Carving18/06/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Learn how to carve yourself a spoon from a single piece of wood. Several different carving techniques will be shown along with proper tool use & care.Fully Booked 
Splitting, Cleaving & Riving24/06/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.30pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Quicker & much more efficient than sawing. The skill in splitting, cleaving & riving wood is not to be under estimated. Learn how to cleave wood in many different planes & from the smallest of stems to the biggest of logs. Also learn which native woods split well & why. Correct use of froes, brakes, wedges, cleaves, knives, bill hooks, axes & levers will all be demonstrated.Fully Booked 
Willow Sculpture08/07/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 4.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Plaiting, weaving, tying and binding will all be used to create several different animals and geometric shapes. Then you can have a go at creating your own masterpiece.Fully Booked 
Charcoal Burning09/07/2017
(1 day)
10.00am till 5.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Take the mystery out of the alchemy of charcoal burning. The day will focus on small scale charcoal production techniques & other uses of 'waste' wood as a source of fuel. Covering all the skills you'll need to know from tree to saleable graded charcoal.Fully Booked 
Garden Furniture15/07/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 5.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Choose to make either a garden bench, low table or a druid chair using locally felled oak. Involves creating wedged mortice & tenon joints, shaving, planing, sanding & oiling to finish off. Strong, durable & attractive furniture, hand made for your own garden.£140
Willow Basketry05/08/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 4.30pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. Using both traditional and contemporary techniques learn to weave a round basket from a wide variety of willows using the stake & strand method. History, cultivation and preparation of materials will also be covered. This workshop is suitable for both complete beginners or those with some experience wishing to improve their techniques.£110
Trug Making16/09/2017
(2 days)
10.00am till 5.00pm
Sparkes Gill Wood, Rolvenden, Kent. A brief history of the trug will be given & possible alternative materials. Then you'll learn how to cleave & shave the handles & rims before steam bending them into shape. You'll shave the boards down to a very fine smooth finish, shape them & then nail them home.Fully Booked 
     
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