Workshop Schedule

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Bronze Sword workshop with Neil Burridge Sat 8th Aug, 10am – 4pm £180 – Course Full

ewart park swordWork 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 on it and look at different handle and scabbard types with information provided.www.bronze-age-swords.com

Please note that this workshop cannot be booked online. If interested please call 02392 598838 to make a booking over the phone.

 

Make a Silver Wrist Torque with Neil Burridge Sunday 9th Aug, 10am- 4pm £80

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The Bronze Age metal workers in Britain reached new artistic heights with the forging and twisting of bronze and gold in the manufacture of torques, pins and bracelets.  Under Neil’s expert guidance you will be using the same techniques and working with 2.4 mm square sterling silver rod to make your own bracelet with twisted body and forged terminals.This is a practical, ‘hands on’ workshop designed for people with no previous experience.

Please note that this workshop cannot be booked online. If interested please call 02392 598838 to make a booking over the phone.

 

Children, make a feast in a roundhouse with Liz Barnes-Downing on 12th August 10am – 1pm £20

Make a feast over the fire in the roundhouse using ancient styles of over 2000 years ago.

Please note that this workshop cannot be booked online. If interested please call 02392 598838 to make a booking over the phone.

 

Medicinal Herbs Through Time with Laura Uphill Sat 15th Aug 10am – 4pm £60

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA look at medicinal plants & their uses through time. How much has the use of local & garden plants changed when treating disease? In this class we will look at, taste, use, discuss & make herbal preparations as they did then & as we do now.

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Pit Firing Ceramics Workshop with Mary English Marsh Heritage (2015 Award Winner: Craft Trainer of the year) 3 half days 16, 22 and 23 August 10am – 1pm £120

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Create your own ceramic pot and learn how to use a pit fire to colour it.  This will create a wonderful unique piece for you to take home.

During this workshop the ancient art of pit-firing ceramics will be explained in a historical and contemporary setting. You will create your own work in clay and return the following week to fire the work in an open air situation. All tools and materials provided – no previous experience required.

  • Day 1 – Create the pots (approx 3 hours)
  • Day 2 – Fire the pots. (approx 2 hours)
  • Day 3 – Return to collect the finished pots and have time to explore Butser Ancient Farm.

Please note that this workshop cannot be booked online. If interested please call 02392 598838 to make a booking over the phone.

PIT-FIRED CERAMICS

Pit firing is a modern adaptation of an age-old method and is an active collaboration with the elements of earth, wind and fire.  In a pit, in the earth or sand, unglazed ceramic sculptures are placed on a bed of wood shavings. Organic materials such as coffee grounds, banana peels and seaweed are placed around the work, as well as copper wire and steel wool; these materials will contribute colour to the ceramics as they burn.  The ceramics are then covered with firewood and lit.  Once the wood is vigorously burning the pit is covered with metal sheeting to retain the heat. Though the fast and hot fire tests the ceramics to the limit of their tolerance and contributes to a high breakage rate, the successful pieces make the loss rate worthwhile.  The warm reds, pinks, blues and yellows that result from the collaboration with the fire and air make each unique piece embody the colours of the earth.

 

Flint Knapping with Bob Turner 10am – 4 pm Sat 12th Sept £50

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Discover how our ancestors made tools out of the stones in the ground. Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools. Discover the talents and skills of Ancient Britons and go home with a flint tool you have made yourself.

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Archaeology Illustration with Bob Turner Sun 13th Sept 10am – 4pm £50

Ideal for anyone interested in archaeology, who would like to learn more about how to illustrate your findings.  Perfect for students of archaeology to learn this important skill.

Please note that this workshop cannot be booked online. If interested please call 02392 598838 to make a booking over the phone.

 

Felt Wall Hanging workshop and simple Celtic cooking (includes lunch)with Madeleine Allison Saturday 26th Sept 10am-2.30pm £60

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Learn the fascinating art of making felt with raw materials from ancient breeds of local sheep and soap. Create a stunning wall hanging to take home.

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