PRE FEST COURSES

Pre fest courses will run on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th. Bowl making courses will range from 1 to 2 days, and the tool forging courses will be a half day each. Courses will start from 10am on Wednesday, participants traveling long distances will be welcome to arrive the night before their course starts.

A simple vegetarian lunch will be provided during pre fest, along with plenty of tea and coffee.

Tools, lathes and other equipment will be provided during the pre fest courses, but please bring any of your own tools with you that you would like to use, and it would be useful to bring a lathe if you have access to one. 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PRE FEST COURSES NOW INCLUDE

A TICKET TO THE WEEKEND GATHERING AND THE PRICES HAVE

BEEN ADJUSTED AS SUCH.

GARY BAKER

Gary Baker is woodturner at Guédelon Castle, as featured on BBC2's "Secrets of the Castle". Self-taught, his journey into green woodworking started in the woods with his love of bushcraft. Gary first began turning bowls on a pole lathe in 2009. He now makes and sells a range of greenwood products ranging from shrink pots, spoons, locking lid boxes and, his favourites, end-grain cups. Gary is a regular tutor in France. “I enjoy sharing my knowledge to help others move forward in their craft. I aim to make my courses fun and relaxed.”

Gary will be teaching two 1 day courses on end grain cups. If you really want to get to grips with end grain turning, feel free to book both days!

Turning End Grain Cups - Wednesday 11th - SOLD OUT

Turning End Grain Cups - Thursday 12th - SOLD OUT

BETH MOEN

Beth has been working with wood for more than 35 years, and has been trained in both traditional Swedish green woodworking and furniture making. Many of you will have seen her stunning spoons, but Beth is most well known for her beautiful wooden bowls.

As the head of woodwork at Sweden's Saterglanten craft school, she has an enormous breadth of knowledge, and her 20 years of teaching there makes her one of our most experienced tutors.

Beth will be teaching a 2 day course in traditional Swedish dough bowl making, hollowed out with adzes and travishers.

Dough bowl making - 2 days - SOLD OUT

ADRIAN LLOYD

Ade developed his passion for handcraft from a very young age and thrives when being able to ignite a new passion for creativity in others. After a design-based university education, Ade then spent nearly the next twenty years teaching children and adults in both formal and informal education settings, indoors and out. However, he then took the decision to pursue his craft on a full-time basis and now tries to earn a living from all things Slöjd from his farmhouse workshop in North Cumbria! He also travels to teach workshops wherever the demand arises.  Ade has been carving on and off for the best part of probably thirty years and has added turning, furniture making, basket weaving and anything else green wood along the way. He also does some blacksmithing and tool making and makes all of his own bowl turning tools.

Ade will be doing a one day beginners course, and a one day course focussing on handled bowls.

Turning Snibbskal bowls with handles  - 1 day (Wednesday 11th) - £148

Turning your first bowl - 1 day (Thursday 12th) - SOLD OUT

JAN HARM TER BRUGGE

Jan Harm is a product designer and design teacher from the Netherlands. He has been carving green wood for around 15 years and has a deep understanding of the functionality of  spoons, scoops and bowls. Alongside his beautiful spoons, Jan Harm also specialises in Kuksa, traditional Scandanavian drinking vessels. During this course, you will explore the process of making Kuksa, hollowed out with adzes and gouges.

Kuksa making - 2 days - SOLD OUT

SHARIF ADAMS

Sharif Adams is a professional maker of woodchips and fine curly shavings. He is particularly fond of pole lathe turned wooden bowls, plates, cups and boxes. When he is not making things he is busy teaching people how to make things. His workshop on Dartmoor is visited by people from all around the world who come to watch him work or to attend one of his courses. He is part of ‘The Dartmoor Artisan Trail’, a self-guided crafts trail which links Dartmoor's diverse artisan community and offers the public a chance to glimpse behind the workshop walls and try their hand at traditional crafts.

Sharif will be doing a one day beginners course, and a one day course focussing on locking lid boxes.

Beginners - 1 day (Wednesday 11th) SOLD OUT

Turned locking lid boxes - 1 day (Thursday 12th) SOLD OUT

OWEN THOMAS

Owen has been lucky enough to have worked with and learned from some of the most renowned masters of woodworking in the world. On his journey he has lived in Mike Abbott's chair making workshop, apprenticed with Barn The Spoon at a spoon carving shop in London and learned to make his own tools from Robin Wood in a workshop on the Pennine Way. 

He strives to make usable and beautiful woodenware, taking inspiration from historical work and also contemporary design. Working with hand tools is an important aspect to Owen's design process, making him work in more efficient ways.

Owen will be running one day courses aimed at folk who have had some turning experience and are looking to hone their skills further. Owen will work with each student according to their needs, so all levels welcome. It is also possible to book both days and make this a two day course to get the most from Owens knowledge and experience. 

A must for anyone looking to take their turning to the next level!

Turning Bowls for Improvers - Wednesday 11th - SOLD OUT

Turning Bowls for Improvers - Thursday 12th - SOLD OUT

YOAV ELKAYAM

Since taking a bowl turning and tool forging course with Sharif Adams some years ago, Yoav has been been constantly working, learning and exploring the deep, satisfying path of green woodworking. Always looking to gain a better understanding of the material he's working with, he has spent a long time travelling and working with some of the best green woodworkers in the world, soaking up a huge amount of knowledge on the way.

Yoav will be running a beginners course, and a course on end grain cups and friction fit boxes for more advanced turners.

Turned End Grain Cups and Friction Fit Boxes  - 1 day (Wednesday 12th) SOLD OUT

Beginners - 1 day (Thursday 12th) SOLD OUT

MATT WHITTAKER

Matt has been working wood and metal for 20 years. The point where these two passions combine perfectly for him is in bowl turning. To be able to turn bowls of varying types, it is often desirable to be able to forge a new shaped hook to get into the nooks and crannies of your latest shape. On this half day course you will learn the techniques used in forging the hooks, go onto hardening, tempering and the sharpening of your finished tool. Matt's aim is to give you the knowledge to enable you to forge all of your own hooks in the future . 

You will be using a hand powered forge running on charcoal and using recycled car springs as your material.

Matty will be running 2 full day courses, one aimed at beginners, and one aimed at more experienced makers.

Beginners Hook Tool Forging - Full day (Wednesday 11th) including all tools, fuel and materials SOLD OUT

Advanced Hook Tool Forging - Full day (Thursday 12th) including all tools, fuel and materials SOLD OUT