Workshops

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Workshops at Butser Ancient Farm take you right back to life in prehistoric Britain, including the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon eras. These inspiring sessions provide hands-on experience in ancient crafts and traditional skills in an atmospheric setting. All necessary tools are provided and all materials included in the price.

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WORKSHOP PROGRAMME 2017

Family Metalworking: Make a Bronze Knife or Axe (£150) – Various dates available!
Due to the popularity of this course in 2016, we have decided to offer it on-demand for any families wishing to partake this year. The workshop is tutored by bronze caster James Clift, who is happy to organise weekend courses for families working around their available dates. More information…

Roman Cookery Techniques & Feast (£35) – Saturday 20 May
Join Roman cook Janet Scanlan from the Butser Roman Legion to learn all about Roman cuisine! Make lunch to eat together using authentic ingredients from written records. More information…

Carve a Wooden Cooking Spoon (£100) – Saturday 17 June
Learn to carve wood with axe and knife! Traditional carpenter and hurdle maker Michael Bennett will help you create a wooden cooking spoon from scratch to your chosen design using just a few simple tools and locally sourced green timber. Skills include sourcing material, cleaving a log, rough carving shapes with the axe, hollow carving with a crook knife and finish carving with a straight knife. More information…

Make a Roman Gladius Sword (£460) – Sat 24/Sun 25 June to Sat 8/Sun 9 July
Ever dreamed of owning your own hand-crafted sword? Join tutor Rod Hughes for a four day Gladius sword building course over two weekends, and go home with your own Roman gladius sword. For long distance travellers we can suggest local accommodation – just ask! More information…

Weave a Split Hazel Basket (£140) – Saturday 8 July-Sunday 9 July
Learn to make a traditional split wood basket from coppiced hazel wood with Michael Bennett. Skills include sourcing material, making a frame work and hoop for the basket, splitting weaving strips from hazel rods, safe knife work and finishing the weave. More information…

Hand Carve Wooden Patterns & Tool Sharpening (£70) – Saturday 15 July
Join traditional carpenter and hurdle maker Michael Bennett for a day learning chip and pick carving techniques to add interesting designs onto your woodwork projects using knives and chisels. You will also learn how to sharpen a range of hand tools, from grinding the correct bevel angles, to final honing and stropping a razor sharp edge to keep your tools working effectively. More information… 

Roman Cookery Techniques & Feast (£35) – Saturday 15 July
Join Roman cook Janet Scanlan from the Butser Roman Legion to learn all about Roman cuisine! Make lunch to eat together using authentic ingredients from written records. More information…

Make a Folding Leather Stool (£120) – Saturday 22 July
In this workshop you will be making a folding leather stool with leather worker Jess Paske; the focus will be on creating the leather seat and using freehand tooling techniques to create your own design, and will involve some stitching. The legs and pivot will be provided so that you will leave with a working stool. More information…

Hand Carve a Wooden Bowl (Advanced) – Saturday 5 August
Learn to shape and hollow timber using simple hand tools with traditional carpenter and hurdle maker Michael Bennett. Skills include splitting bowl blanks from the log, hewing the shape with an axe, hollowing with adze and knives, and smoothing timber with a spokeshave. More information…

Bronze Sword Workshop (£190) – Saturday 12 August
Join bronze specialist Neil Burridge and work on your own 26″ Ewart Park sword. This leaf blade sword is one of the most prolific swords from the British Bronze Age. In this workshop you will clean and finish your blade, forge the edges and look at different handle and scabbard types. More information…

Make a Silver Wrist Torque (£90) – Sunday 13 August
Tutor Neil Burridge will show how Bronze Age metalworkers in Britain reached new artistic heights with the forging and twisting of bronze and gold in the manufacture of torque, pins and bracelets. Attendees will be using the same techniques but working with 2.4mm sterling silver to make a twisted bracelet. More information…

Medicinal Herbs through Time (£60) – Saturday 19 August
A look at medicinal plants and their uses through time with Medical Herbalist Laura Uphill. How much has the use of local and garden plants changed when treating disease? This workshop will look at taste and use of the plants, as well as discussion and preparation of herbs as they would have been used in the past. More information…

Make a Felt Wall Hanging (£100) – Saturday 9 September
Join feltmaker Alison Hemmings for a colourful day of designing and creating your own felt wall hanging. Alison has been creating felt pictures, animals, sculptures and flowers for the past ten years and now teaches feltmaking across Hampshire. More information…

Flint Knapping Workshop (£60) – Saturday 16 September
Discover how our ancestors made tools out of stones in the ground with flint knapper and author Bob Turner. Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools. Bob is an associate tutor at Sussex University archaeology department and has been flint knapping for over ten years. This course contains demos on how to percussion knap and pressure flaking and direct instruction on a one to one basis. More information…

Make a Milkmaid’s Stool (£100) – Saturday 30 September
This course is run by our very own treewright Darren Hammerton who masterminded the construction of our Chalton Saxon house, opened in March 2016. Join him in making a milkmaid’s stool to take home using traditional skills and techniques. More information…

Saxon Treewrighting – PLEASE ENQUIRE
Our Saxon Treewrighting courses are available on demand, based on individual requests. Please contact gwen@butserancientfarm.co.uk to learn more about this course and how to arrange one.

Vouchers

Buy a workshop gift voucher for family or friends – an unforgettable treat! Please call us on 02392 598838 or email today.

Bespoke
We can also offer bespoke workshops for groups of five or more people. If you have an idea, please phone us to see if we can make it happen!  These are ideal for special occasions.  You could create a special axe head, a drum or cook a unique meal in the roundhouse.

Please note we are an open-air site so do wear appropriate clothing.
Workshops take place under cover if the weather is bad.

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