A hands on crafting session to imagine new timber products whilst discussing traditional timber items that are no longer produced. Based on the lives of coppice merchants, and the associated traditional products and crafts, we will whittle, carve and discuss how timber might be used for more everyday objects today. Large numbers of people were employed in a wide range of timber crafts only fifty or sixty years ago, creating items for use in industry and the home. The skills to fashion these products, once on the verge of obscurity, are again becoming more relevant, as materials such as plastics are increasingly impractical. By giving people interested in forestry and community involvement in woodland the opportunity to try methods of creating we open up the imagination to developing new relevant products. The workshop will focus on all aspects of the process, from design to materials to production. We will explore how to encourage people to connect with woodland and use woods and other sustainable materials to create their objects. Workshop participants will take home a wooden item they have made, along with ideas and confidence to put their new skills into practice. The workshop is open to all participants, from complete beginner to more advanced wood worker/ crafter.
Thursday June 20, 11.45 – 13.15