On the 12th November the Woodland Artisan Project hosted Nature printing with Anne Roberts in Achiltibuie. All that attended had a fantastic time. Here are some pictures of the wonderful…
Woodland Artisan Courses
This project aims to fulfil local demand for training courses using local timber and woodland resources to create products such as spoons, bowls, furniture, hazel hurdles, baskets and wild food products. Courses have been run since the start of the Scheme conjunction with the local learning centre at various locations throughout Coigach and Assynt.
The aims of the project are to:
- Introduce the art of working with natural products to ensure that traditional crafts and skills are maintained and passed onto the next generation.
- Reconnect people with the land and uses of the natural products.
- Foster a desire to manage the land in order to increase local natural sources for future use.
Since 2017 we have run a wide range of courses, including axe throwing, willow cord, cup carving, spoon carving, whittling, lino printing and natural arts.
Comments from participants include:
‘I attended the advanced spoon carving workshop with Chris Goodman. Chris is a great teacher. He explains all aspects of the process very well, including the choice of wood, care of tools, various techniques and most importantly- safety. He’s warm and friendly and I had a lovely day making my spoon!’
‘I was so pleased that Sandra said I was allowed to take part as I’m not a full time resident of Assynt, I have a static at Clachtoll. When I arrived the building and the tutor were completely COVID secure, I felt very comfortable. The tutor was very safety conscious and made everyone feel at ease.’
‘The spoon carving workshops were empowering and enriching on many levels, not least because it was good to make connections with other people who enjoyed similar things, but whom one might not meet in such a vast area with geographically dispersed communities. Sandra made sure the set-up was well organised, with health and safety as the top priority. The class size was perfectly calibrated to allow for safe-keeping, individualised attention and good craic. Teaching was clear and supportive, and Chris’ approach worked well across different ages and abilities. Having the use of the tools provided meant we could try out the activity before investing in our own tools. We all came away feeling socially connected, artistically inspired and personally empowered. We would certainly welcome more courses.’
‘I attended the basket making workshop with Prof Tim Palmer in November 2020. So beneficial to have such an expert as Tim on hand to advise although I am not a beginner, but always needing help with new techniques. These workshops are extremely good fun and worthwhile as impossible to get help otherwise. Also it is a useful skill to have when all the material you might need is to hand in the area and I’m now growing some of my own in the garden.’
With Covid restrictions easing we can now offer some in-person courses, so check our Events page to find out details of upcoming online courses that are be planned. These will of course still be subject to last minute changes/cancellations if restrictions are changed at short notice.
Guest Blog by Chris Goodman Whittling. Something I associate with boy scouts and times gone by. I worry it’s not fashionable in our age of ‘smart’ or ‘i’ everything and…