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Make a canoe paddle course 8th June 2018

posted on June 1, 2018

Make a canoe paddle

8th and 9th June 2018

9.00am to 5.00pm

During this two-day course with award-winning boat builder Colin Henwood, you will learn how to shape a single canoe paddle from Ash using hand tools.

“I can’t think of anything that could have improved a perfect couple of days – I will signing up for another one soon.”
Student on Paddle making course, January 2018.

Colin was fantastic; his attention to detail and support ensured we all left with a paddle I think even he was happy with!
Student on Paddle making course, January 2018.

Make your own canoe paddle at the Wood Centre

Make your own canoe paddle at the Wood Centre

  • Working with ash – our superior native hardwood.
  • Using traditional skills and tools you will produce a complex shape with hand and eye.
  • Learn how to finish your smooth and elegant design.
  • Take home a unique and usable canoe paddle ready for a varnish or an oil finish.
  • Tools and materials included (if you wish to bring your own tools please discuss this with the tutor).

Cost: £225 per person (materials included)

Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

Tutor: Colin Henwood

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About the tutor

Colin Henwood founded his boatyard, Henwood and Dean Boatbuilders, in 1982 specialising in restoring and building wooden Thames launches. The boatyard received many awards in the UK and abroad, and in 2014 Colin was awarded Maker of the Year by the Heritage Crafts Association. In October 2016 Colin handed the boatyard over to two of his team who are successfully continuing the tradition he began 35 years ago. Not one to retire, Colin has established a workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre where he is currently re-building a 1920 Thames motor canoe.

Colin Henwood with students making a canoe paddle at the Sylva Wood Centre

Colin Henwood with students making a canoe paddle at the Sylva Wood Centre

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Greenwood DIY for women 5May2018

posted on March 2, 2018

Greenwood DIY for women

5th May 2018

9.00am to 5.00pm

Come and learn to make some shelves to your design, shape and size, which you could use for books, shoes, clothes, tools or much more besides in the company of women.

Greenwood DIY for women

Greenwood DIY for women

During the day, you will learn to use common hand tools such as drills, knives and saws to transform ash poles and larch boards into some shelves. You will learn the basic principles of green woodworking and leave with the skills to tackle more green woodwork projects at home.

The course is aimed at those who self-identify as a woman.

Suitable for beginners / no woodworking experience necessary!

Cost: £100 per person (materials included)

Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

Tutors: Amy Cox and Ffion Jones

 

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About the tutors

Amy and FFion crossed paths at the Cherry Wood project, where they did an apprenticeship in green woodworking and woodland management.

Amy now works as a coppice worker and crafter based in Gloucestershire. Her coppice products are sourced from Westonbirt arboretum, where she is an active member of the coppice restoration project. She also loves making baskets. www.amyrosecrafts.org.uk

Ffion is a green woodworker and builder based in the bristol area. She uses traditional hand tools and techniques to create beautiful and functional items.She cuts her own materials or uses local sawmills supplying British timber, and likes turning bowls.


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Introduction to Woodcarving course

posted on February 16, 2018

Introduction to Woodcarving course

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

A two-day workshop for woodcarving newcomers and those with some experience who would like to develop their skills.

Vine carving in progress Simon Clements

Vine carving in progress, Simon Clements

The ‘Fruit of the Vine’ has long been a favourite motif for carvers both in stone and in wood. Using stencils students will learn how to mark out and carve a simplified design of vine leaves and grapes in lime wood.

Students will learn:

  • How to transfer a drawn design to a block of wood
  • How to mount their work for carving
  • How to clamp and hold the work piece securely
  • How to use the appropriate chisel or gouge for each stage of the carving
  • How to use a carver’s mallet
  • Students will learn to overcut the surface and background, and how to undercut the finished design.

Cost: £225 per person (all materials and tools provided). Please bring your own packed lunch.

Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

Tutor: Simon Clements, Wood carver

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About the tutor

Sculptor Simon Clements standing next to the Charter Pole at the Sylva Wood Centre

Simon Clements

Simon Clements is came to woodcarving after a career which included teaching art, sculpture and pottery, working as a mast spar and oar maker for an Oxfordshire company and restoring heritage carving.

He now works from his workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre, carving sculptural pieces for architects, interior designers, private clients, and for exhibitions. Sculptural work ranges from table-top sculpture to kinetic garden pieces. He is currently half-way through 11 very large commemorative carved poles for the Woodland Trust as part of the Tree Charter.

www.simonclements.info


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Spoon whittling course

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27th and 28th July 2018

Come along to learn and improve your whittling skills with this two-day course introducing students to using curved (hook) knives and straight carving knives, and go home with your own hand-crafted wooden spoon.

spoon whittling with Simon Clements

spoon whittling with Simon Clements

Wooden spoon blanks will be provided; there will also be an opportunity for students to make a straight or curved knife to add to their toolkit, and to discuss the relative merits of penknife shapes for whittling.

Carving will be done in the lap and in the hand, and will concentrate on developing woodland carving skills without the need for green woodworking tools such as axes and froes.

Bring along your favourite penknife or whittling tool for advice on sharpening and usefulness.

This will be a two-day course on a Friday and Saturday. Please bring a pack lunch for both days, coffee, tea and snacks will be provided

Students will learn:

  • To attach handles to carving knives
  • Sharpen their tools
  • Design a wooden spoon from a plain wooden blank
  • Carve and shape a wooden spoon and spoon bowl using carving knives of various shapes
  • Hold work in the lap in a safe manner for carving
  • How to use a variety of cutting actions in a safe manner
  • Will be given advice about simple protective measures to prevent minor cuts and injuries.

If the weather is good perhaps we may carve outside in the Forest School shelter, or inside if the weather is less clement. Places available for a maximum of 10 students.

Cost: £225 per person (all materials and tools provided). Please bring your own packed lunch.

Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

Dates: Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July 2018

Tutor: Simon Clements, Wood carver

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About the tutor

Sculptor Simon Clements standing next to the Charter Pole at the Sylva Wood Centre

Simon Clements

Simon Clements is came to woodcarving after a career which included teaching art, sculpture and pottery, working as a mast spar and oar maker for an Oxfordshire company and restoring heritage carving.

He now works from his workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre, carving sculptural pieces for architects, interior designers, private clients, and for exhibitions. Sculptural work ranges from table-top sculpture to kinetic garden pieces. He is currently half-way through 11 very large commemorative carved poles for the Woodland Trust as part of the Tree Charter.

www.simonclements.info


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Green wood stool course 27Oct2018

posted on February 14, 2018

Following the sell-out success of this course last time, we are pleased to offer a new one-day course: learn how to make a green wood stool. Working with green wood using simple hand tools, by the end of the day you will make a ‘basic’ three-legged stool under the expert tuition of green woodworker Peter Wood.

Green stool making course at Sylva Wood Centre

Green stool making course at Sylva Wood Centre

Course date: 27th October 2018, 9.30am – 4.00pm

  • Learn about different tree species and understand why different woods are suitable for different tasks, how growth effects its use, and look at wood suitable for cleaving.
  • Learn how to cleave wood.
  • Learn basic axe work to rough shape the stool legs.
  • Use a shaving horse, drawknives and spokeshaves to shape three stool legs.
  • Shape a simple stool seat using planes, inshaves, travishers and spokeshaves.
  • There will also be a pole lathe for participants to ‘have a go’ at turning as time allows.

Cost: £125 per person

Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

Tutor: Peter Wood, Founder of Greenwood Days www.greenwooddays.co.uk

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Courses available at the Sylva Wood Centre

posted on January 29, 2018

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve held two very successful courses at the Sylva Wood Centre. Some places are still available on other courses this spring.

Tutor Colin Henwood with students during the canoe paddle making course

Tutor Colin Henwood with students during the canoe paddle making course

Greenwoodworker Peter Wood took eight students through their paces during a one-day course, with all students returning home with a handy greenwood stool. Master boatbuilder Colin Henwood helped students dip their proverbial toes in the water by crafting a canoe paddle from ash over two days.

We have four further courses listed with various spaces still available.

Book soon to avoid disappointment:

Pole lathe workshop 17th February

Guitar maintenance and repair 3rd March

Introduction to wood carving 17th March

Greenwood DIY for Women 5th May

 

Courses at the Sylva Wood Centre

 

Steve Kendall luthier

Steve Kendall luthier

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Introduction to woodcarving course

posted on December 7, 2017

Introduction to Woodcarving course

Saturday 17th March 2018: 9am to 5pm

 

A one-day workshop for woodcarving newcomers and those with some experience who would like to develop their skills.

 

Vine carving in progress Simon Clements

Vine carving in progress, Simon Clements

The ‘Fruit of the Vine’ has long been a favourite motif for carvers both in stone and in wood. Using stencils students will learn how to mark out and carve a simplified design of vine leaves and grapes in lime wood.

Students will learn:

  • How to transfer a drawn design to a block of wood
  • How to mount their work for carving
  • How to clamp and hold the work piece securely
  • How to use the appropriate chisel or gouge for each stage of the carving
  • How to use a carver’s mallet
  • Students will learn to overcut the surface and background, and how to undercut the finished design.

Cost: £100 per person (all materials and tools provided). Please bring your own packed lunch.

Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

Tutor: Simon Clements, Wood carver

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About the tutor

Sculptor Simon Clements standing next to the Charter Pole at the Sylva Wood Centre

Simon Clements

Simon Clements is came to woodcarving after a career which included teaching art, sculpture and pottery, working as a mast spar and oar maker for an Oxfordshire company and restoring heritage carving.

He now works from his workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre, carving sculptural pieces for architects, interior designers, private clients, and for exhibitions. Sculptural work ranges from table-top sculpture to kinetic garden pieces. He is currently half-way through 11 very large commemorative carved poles for the Woodland Trust as part of the Tree Charter.

www.simonclements.info


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Guitar Maintenance and Repair Course

posted on November 15, 2017

Guitar Maintenance and Repair Course

Saturday 3rd March 2018  9:30am – 4:00pm

 In this new one-day course learn how to perform guitar ‘set-ups’ so that your guitar sounds and plays at its best.

The course is run with expert tuition by local luthier Steve Kendall.

All types of guitar catered for: acoustic, electric, and bass.

 

  • Learn how to measure and assess the ‘before’ and ‘after’ conditions of an instrument
  • Learn the theory behind intonation adjustment
  • Learn how the truss rod works and how (and why) to adjust it
  • Understand guitar electrics and how to repair or upgrade them
  • Learn how to repair worn frets and perform fret dressing
  • Learn how to adjust the guitar bridge, neck and nut for optimum payability

 

Cost: £100 per person

Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

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Tutor: Steve Kendall, Luthier

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About the tutor

Steve Kendall luthier

Steve Kendall luthier

Steve Kendall has been fascinated by guitars since early childhood and he made his first electric bass guitar at the age of 14. He began learning how to make instruments properly with a lute maker in the ‘80’s. Since 1993 he has repaired, improved, or made guitars and basses for musicians from ‘bedroom-only standard’ to famous professionals. For the last 15 years, he has worked from his stone-built workshop in the Oxfordshire village of East Hanney.

www.stevekendallguitars.co.uk


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Volunteer and get digging with archaeologists

posted on July 17, 2017

In September there will be an archaeological excavation at the Sylva Wood Centre. This is your chance to get involved!  Either just come along to one of our Open Days, and/or volunteer to join the archaeologists during the two-week excavation from 11-22 September (excluding Monday 18th). You can join the team and help dig, or identify, sort and clean finds.

Archaeological excavations at Sylva Wood Centre September 2016

Previous archaeological excavations at Sylva Wood Centre, September 2016

No experience is required and we will provide training. You can volunteer for a half-day or one full-day, or any number of days, across the time we are working. There is no charge but we would be extremely grateful for a £5 voluntary donation from all volunteers to cover the cost of hiring the digger to strip topsoil at the dig site. Please see the booking link at the end of this post.

Volunteering Open Day Saturday 9 September

If you think you would like to volunteer please come to our volunteering Open Day on Saturday 9 September to see the site, learn more about the archaeology and register for a day/days. The site will be open from 10am to 3pm. If you really can’t come in person please email: jane.harrison@conted.ox.ac.uk

Places will be limited and given on a first come first served basis. Book your place here

Open Day Sunday 17 September

The site will be open from 10.30am to 3.30pm with tours of the site, opportunities to chat with the archaeologists, see the finds, learn more about the past of your area and about the Sylva Foundation, and to picnic on the Sylva Foundation estate.

Excavation details for potential volunteers: 11-22 September inclusive (not 18 September)

  • We will work from 9am to 5pm with breaks for lunch and for tea/coffee in the morning and afternoon.
  • Sylva will provide inside and outside areas for sitting, access to water and toilets.
  • You will need to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and stout shoes or boots. Bring layers, a hat, sun-cream and waterproofs, plus your lunch and a water bottle.
  • Sylva and the Archaeologist team will provide all equipment and training; hot drinks, shelter and access to toilets and drinking water.

The excavation and the history of the site

The dig will be run by a team of archaeologists from the University of Oxford and the Department for Continuing Education’s East Oxford Archaeology Project.

An excavation in the same ordinary-looking field last year uncovered an Anglo-Saxon hall-building – probably part of a big complex of buildings (see photo above). This year we’re looking at what might be earlier archaeology from the Iron Age and Romano-British times before Sylva complete their wonderful tree-planting scheme. The area of the field has clearly been a popular place to live, and what we find might link it to the Roman archaeology of Dorchester and to the Iron Age hillfort on Wittenham Clumps.

 

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Make a canoe paddle 26-27Jan2018

posted on July 11, 2017

Make a canoe paddle

26th and 27th January 2018

9.00am to 5.00pm

During this two-day course with award-winning boat builder Colin Henwood, you will learn how to shape a single canoe paddle from Ash using hand tools.

Make your own canoe paddle at the Wood Centre

Make your own canoe paddle at the Wood Centre

  • Working with ash – our superior native hardwood.
  • Using traditional skills and tools you will produce a complex shape with hand and eye.
  • Learn how to finish your smooth and elegant design.
  • Take home a unique and useable canoe paddle ready for a varnish or an oil finish.
  • Tools and materials included (if you wish to bring your own tools please discuss this with the tutor).

 

Cost:                         £200 per person (materials included)

Venue:                     Sylva Wood Centre, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QT

Tutor:                       Colin Henwood

 

Purchase your place on this course

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About the tutor

Colin Henwood founded his boatyard, Henwood and Dean Boatbuilders, in 1982 specialising in restoring and building wooden Thames launches. The boatyard received many awards in the UK and abroad, and in 2014 Colin was awarded Maker of the Year by the Heritage Crafts Association. In October 2016 Colin handed the boatyard over to two of his team who are successfully continuing the tradition he began 35 years ago. Not one to retire, Colin has established a workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre where he is currently re-building a 1920 Thames motor canoe.


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