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  • Through the process of this course, Tony (tutor) will endeavour to show participants just how simple it is to make something from nothing… Over two days, discover how to forge yourself a serviceable knife out of, quite literally, a hole in the ground! We will cover:- Construction methods for a basic pit forge, based on 10th/11th century Irish and Scandinavian forges. A short introduction to metal and the techniques used by the smith. How to forge and heat treat a basic but serviceable knife with the bare minimum of tools and equipment. The emphasis will be on using recycled materials and found objects also discovering how to produce your own fuel! This course is open to 14 yrs+ and all skill levels and will cover two main areas of forge work. Course Tutor: Tony Vincent: Historical Blacksmith and Blade smith. For participation on this course please ensure you wear natural fabrics and strong foot wear (e.g steel toe capped boots) and bring your own safety goggles + leather apron (do not worry if this is not possible we will supply all necessary safety equipment). A small materials charge will apply (max 10 euros) payable on completion of course.
  • Construct a traditional Sugan chair using green native timber, ash and hazel, with ‘mortice and tenon’ joints (no nails!) and then seat the chair using a rope pattern for the seat. Sisal rope is use for the seat and also there will be instruction in making traditional sugan rope from twisted hay. Materials charge : €10 – €15 Course tutor : Sean Walshe
  • This seasonal workshop is a celebration of the gifts of the plant world. The course includes a miscellany of the following; • Exploration and study of fresh plant material, including history, folklore and uses. • Making seasonal health boosting recipes with wild and garden ingredients such as Fruit & Flower syrups,Herb oils and butters,Flavored and medicinal vinegars ,Seasonal soups, Foraged salads, Candied edible flowers and Preserves and condiments. Course also covers Making herbal ointments • Making medicinal infused oils • Making herbal tinctures • Exploring remedies for certain ailments • Drying herbs, roots, leaves, bark and seeds • Making and using aromatic herbal smudge sticks • Hedgerow exploring walk with some foraging where applicable Health and safety aspects of herb lore Boots and waterproofs recommended. Your tutor is Kes Clarke, https://evesorchard.wordpress.com/.
    €130
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  • This course offers a fabulous introduction to the age-old craft of spinning and weaving wool and the opportunity to make a small bag. Weaving: Make your own easy to use weaving loom. Design and weave your own handbag. All natural 100% wool used. Spinning: Learn how to spin wool on a spinning-wheel and with a drop-spindle. Learn how to use a wool-carder. Making natural dyes: Learn how to make natural dyes from plants and tree barks. Dye 2 skeins of hand spun sheep’s wool and a cotton bag with natural dyes to take home. Each participant will also receive comprehensive written instructions on will spinning and natural dyes. Materials charge is €17 and is to be paid to the tutor. Course tutor : Susanna Anker
    €130
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  • Learn the ancient and magical craft of weaving with golden stalks of wheat. Using traditional heritage varieties, participants discover the many fascinating ways people have used this simple, natural material, to create things that are both beautiful and mysterious. Ever since man first grew domestic crops, such as Wheat, Barley, Oats and Rye, they have been closely linked to the mysteries of the harvest and the spirit of fertility. Worshiped in ancient Egypt, as the God Osiris, and in Europe as a goddess of the corn, these harvest emblems have been created for thousands of years, to ensure a fruitful crop, and give people the certainty that they will survive the following winter. Come and explore these fascinating techniques, and discover the ancient Irish folklore and customs associated with each different design. First, learn how to make the basic plaits, that then lead onto more complex designs. Leaving you with a wonderful collection of straw designs, to take home and treasure. Create a Harvest Knot’ for Good Luck, or make ‘Love Favours’ to give to the one you love. We will make native Irish designs, as well as look at others from around the world, and see just how universal this craft really is. Weave a corn horseshoe to hang up in your home to bring you good fortune, or make a traditional Irish spiral babies rattle, to give to a new Mother. The only limit to this craft is your imagination! Tutor: Melanie Lorien Materials charge: €10 payable directly to the tutor.
    €130
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  • This Woodcarving course caters for beginners and those with varying levels of experience, including those experienced in wood carving who may wish to bring a project they are already working on for guidance and advice. Participants will be assisted to create a carved wooden panel, with a choice of an oak leaf motif, celtic knotwork design, or a rustic face in two dimensional form. Tool sharpening and an introduction to the main wood carving tool shapes will also be covered during the workshop. Materials charge: €5 Course Tutor : Andrew St Ledger
    €130
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  • This one day workshop will be on Sunday 25th September 2016. Join Mary and Robert White from Blackstairs Ecotrails and learn to how to safely identify a range of wild mushrooms. This find-cook-eat worskhop is fun for all the family!
    €65
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