posted on September 25, 2017
We’re pleased to welcome Matt Estlea as the latest Rycotewood craftsperson-in-residence at the Sylva Wood Centre.
Woodworker, designer and creator Matt Estlea takes over from Jan Waterson (2016-17).
Matt Estlea – craftsperson-in-residence at the Sylva Wood Centre (2017-18)
Instead of following the traditional approach of making a living from furniture making, Matt has begun exploring the potential of mixing his interests, woodworking and videography, into something that builds an online brand for himself. He runs build-alongs, tutorials and ‘Tool Duels’ on YouTube drawing from both his 5 years experience at Rycotewood, and being an employee at Axminster Tools & Machinery for 4 years. This has given him a unique position in not only understanding the specifications and selling points of tools, but also how to use them to their best potential in a practical environment.
Talking about taking up craftsperson-in-residence at the Sylva Wood Centre Matt said:
“On leaving Rycotewood, many students say that they miss the communal aspects of the workshop. Moving to Sylva was a natural progression for me where I could enjoy my own space yet still enjoy the benefits of being surrounded by a creative and inspiring community.”
Find out more about Matt Estlea and visit his website: www.mattestlea.com
Read more about the Rycotewood craftsperson-in-residence in partnership with Oxford City College
posted on August 24, 2016
We are delighted to welcome a new Rycotewood craftsperson-in-residence to the Sylva Wood Centre. Jan Waterston graduated in July from the Rycotewood Furniture Centre at Oxford City College.
Jan Waterston, designer maker, working at the Sylva Wood Centre studio supported by Rycotewood Furniture Oxford.
Jan has a passion for exploring creative concepts and turning them into tangible objects that are not only visually stimulating but that are functional in use.
Velo RS by Jan Waterston
Talking of his arrival at the Sylva Wood Centre Jan Waterston commented:
“I’m really pleased to move into the studio at Sylva. It’s great to be surrounded by such a diverse and inspiring group of crafts people, in such a beautiful setting.”
Make sure you visit Jan Waterston’s website to see more of his beautiful craft.
Read more about Sylva’s relationship with Rycotewood Furniture Centre
We are delighted to welcome our latest tenant to the Sylva Wood Centre, particularly as it heralds a new level of collaboration with a local further education college.
Rycotewood craftsperson-in-residence Pete Burns, moving into the new unit at the Sylva Wood Centre
Rycotewood Furniture Centre, part of City of Oxford College, has appointed a Craftsperson-in-Residence. Pete Burns, who also runs his own small business Pete Burns Furniture, will be based at the Sylva Wood Centre. He will be facilitating collaboration between Sylva Foundation and the college, and will supervise students while working among the community at the Wood Centre.
Drew Smith, Learning Manager, Rycotewood Furniture Centre said:
“Rycotewood is very excited to be building a rewarding relationship with the Sylva Foundation. The initiation of the Rycotewood Craftsperson-in Residence role, and the opportunity to exhibit our students’ work at this year’s Artweeks, confirms the start of an ongoing collaboration.”
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Rycotewood and Pete Burns will be exhibiting at the Sylva Wood Centre during ArtWeeks 2016, alongside other artists and craftspeople. Why not come along between 14-22 May, including both weekends. Read more
posted on August 27, 2021
Could you help support a young craftsperson by making a donation to our new Sylva Wood School Fellowship Fund?
We are pleased to launch a new campaign aiming to establish a fund to support young craftspeople who graduate from our Professional Making Course. The Sylva Wood School Fellowship Fund will allow us to appoint Fellows, chosen from our course alumni.
At the Sylva Wood School we are training a new generation of young people to work creatively with home-grown wood. We aim to help them establish a successful career, improve their chances of employment, and ultimately to become ambassadors for home-grown wood in future society. Each year we have students who complete our six-month course. We aim to help the very best of our alumni progress their skills and experience by establishing a fund to support them financially during the difficult months following their graduation. During this time, we will also help them practically by providing a work bench with access to ongoing advice and support at the Wood School. Read more about the Professional Making Course
Money raised through this campaign will be held by Sylva Foundation and used to create a fund from which grants can be awarded to deserving young people under the Sylva Wood School Fellowship programme. Donors can choose to give once or set up a regular donation.
Please see the interactive form below (or click here)
posted on October 9, 2018
The House of Wessex is a unique reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon house of significant importance in English history. The faithful reconstruction of the building, working with dozens of volunteers, and an associated programme of learning, is part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Sylva Foundation needs help to raise funds to realise the project’s full potential, and establish a legacy fund.
House of Wessex banner
BRONZE * £250
Your donation will help us create and manage a unique historical reconstructed building — thank you.
- We will write to you personally to thank you, recognising your significant contribution.
- A personalised certificate recognising your contribution.
- Your name will be appear in an online Patrons Board.
SILVER * £500
Your support will mean we can build a better future for the House of Wessex, and our education programme.
Everything in BRONZE, plus . . .
- Your name will be displayed in the building on a Patrons Board.
- An invitation to a unique evening of Anglo-Saxon activities.
GOLD * £1,000
In recognition of your significant support, we offer some very special perks.
Everything in BRONZE and SILVER, plus . . .
- Your name hand-carved in a beam or post. You can even learn to carve some of your own letters with a master craftsperson.
- Invitation to a VIP opening of the building in autumn 2019.
- Limited edition print of the building and reconstructed scene by a leading archaeological reconstruction artist.
Every pound we raise will go directly to the House of Wessex project. Thank you.
Find out more and pledge your support via Charity Checkout
If you would prefer to talk with someone in the Sylva team, please call 01865 408018.
The Future of Forestry was this week’s theme on the BBC Radio 4 flagship environmental programme Costing the Earth.
BBC Costing The Earth
The main question posed was whether Britain could revive its forestry and provide for more of its own needs.
BBC reporter Tom Heap came to interview Sylva’s CEO Gabriel Hemery at the Sylva Wood Centre. He also spoke with one of our resident furniture makers Jan Waterston, our current craftsperson-in-residence in partnership with Rycotewood Furniture Centre. The programme also featured Stuart Goodall from Confor, and Matt Larsen-Daw from the Woodland Trust.
The programme is available on the BBC iPlayer.