Practical Skills & Traditional Crafts

The following Practical Actives & Tradition Crafts  can be requested by schools & other organisations. Most Projects & Craft activities  require a minimum of a block of three days to complete


Application forms:

CRAFTS:

FROM SKIN TO LEATHER – using Traditional Organic Tanning methods

Classes would be introduced to skinning an animal, in most instances a Deer, setting up a basic Tanning facility &  introduction to basic leather working skills.

SUITED TO AGES -14 yrs & upward

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TRADITIONAL WILLOW BASKETRY

 Classes in Willow Basketry.
 Setting up a school willow bed
 Dry & Live Willow Sculpture

SUITED TO AGES -14 yrs & upward

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CERAMICS  - FROM CLAY TO POTS

Classes will be introduced to sourcing & preparing Clay , making pots & building a Paper Slip Kiln  & Raku Firing.

SUITED TO AGES -9yrs & upward

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BUILDING STRUCTURES – USING WATTLE & DAUB TECHNIQUES

SUITED TO AGES -9yrs & upward

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CLAY OVEN BUILDING –Community building Project

SUITED TO AGES -9yrs & upward


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LIME KILN CONSTRUCTION & BURNING LIME STONE

The Limestone Project is most suited to Class 7 & 10 (Steiner Schools) as part of their Chemistry Curriculum

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PIT FORGE & BLACKSMITHING

Classes will build their own Pit Forge & be introduced to Basic Blacksmithing Skills

SUITED TO AGES -10 yrs & upward

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ADVANCED BLACKSMITHING SKILLS – FORGING A KNIFE

 Students will design & Forge their own knife, learn Tempering Skills, Knife Handle & Sheathe making.

SUITED TO AGES -16yrs & upward

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IRON ORE SMELTING

 Construct a Bloomary Furnace – Prepare & Smelt Iron Ore 

SUITED TO AGES -16yrs & upward.

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CHARCOAL MAKING

 

This project will often take place in conjunction with Blacksmithing workshops but can also be run as separate workshop activity.

 

Charcoal making project: Traditional Charcoal Clamp.  50 gal single drum method making & using an Oil Drum Charcoal Retort Kiln.

SUITED TO AGES -14yrs & upward

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BUSHCRAFT SKILLS

Suited for all ages of childeren.
Shelter building, Camp Fire cooking and baking, Fire by Friction Skills - making your own fire lighting kit.

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All Practical Activities & projects will be carried out in a manner suited to age & Class Curriculum . Pupils will be expected to document & present  their work as part of their portfolio.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT & PUBLIC LIABILITY. CBR Checked

Practical activates & working with hand tools, fire etc does carry a degree of risk. All activates are carried out by professional Tutors who have experience in safe instruction & how to safeguard against potential danger to Persons & Property

All activities will have a Risk Assessment done & Pyrites  - Living & Learning with Nature has Public Liability Insurance to cover all of its work& CRB check. Copies can be made available in advance.

 

COST OF COURSES & ACTIVITIES

 

Unless otherwise agreed, Basic Tuition Fee is £200 / day as of 1st Sept 2016

Materials at cost price.

Travel Expenses Fuel @.40/mile.

Accommodation usually provided by hosting school / organisation

Lecture Only - £125 + travel exspenses