Treewrighting Workshops 2019.
Treewright Darren Hammerton, who built the Saxon house at Butser Ancient Farm, is running a series of workshops to teach aspiring treewrights some of the ancient techniques and crafts needed to build Saxon houses. These are intimate workshops, the small number of participants means you will have quality tuition and time to hone your own skills in a hands-on environment.
Treewrighting is the process of taking timber from source through to manufactured wooden item. Pre-dating modern power tools by thousands of years, treewrighting involves the use of familiar tools, such as chisels and axes, as well as less familiar wood-working equipment like adzes and specialist axes. All of these workshops will be running during the making of our second Saxon hall house reconstruction, so participants can get close to and, in some cases, involved in an exciting archaeological reconstruction programme.
Bulwarking workshop, Sunday 23 June £90, max 4 people
Learn the techniques for making Saxon bulwark walls. Join treewright Darren Hammerton and learn to cleave oak, hew, make trunnels (traditional wedged dowels – literally ‘tree nails’) and wedges. Through hands-on making, you will develop the skills of the craft woodworking techniques necessary for constructing your own bulwarked wall. The workshop is conducted as part of building the latest Saxon House at Butser Ancient Farm, so you will be a part of an exciting piece of reconstruction archaeology.
Saxon Roof truss workshop. Sun 21 July. £90. Maximum 4 people.
Learn the treewrighting techniques necessary to frame a roof truss. Treewright Darren Hammerton will guide you through the woodworking and jointing techniques of constructing a medieval-style roof truss. This is a hands-on workshop, designed to equip you with timber-working skills necessary to progress to constructing your own roof trusses. As part of building the latest Saxon House at Butser Ancient Farm, so you will be a part of an exciting piece of reconstruction archaeology.
Saxon har-hung door. Sunday 4 Aug, £90, max 4 people
You’ll learn how to make a hinged door without metal-work in the Saxon style. As part of building the latest Saxon House at Butser Ancient Farm, you’ll join treewright Darren Hammerton to learn the processes involved in making these Saxon doors. He will teach you the woodworking techniques required and give you an opportunity for hands-on work with good quality oak. The door will not be completed in the day but you will learn about the techniques and you will be involved with, and extend your knowledge of, the specific timber working necessary for making these beautiful, unconventional doors.
Make wattle hurdles. Sunday 18 August, £90, max 4 people
Wattling – the process of weaving flexible lengths of wood between timber uprights – is an ancient process used for fencing, wall construction, and roofing. Hurdles use split lengths of timbers such as hazel, to increase flexibility and lighten structure. They are beautiful as light garden walls and can be used in roof structures – as in our Saxon House – as a bed for thatch. Tutor Darrren Hammerton will teach you this valuable craft and give you the basis of a skill which you can use in the future.