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Clare - Event Notice
Thursday January 01 1970

CELT Weekend in the Woods 6th / 7th May 2006

category clare | environment | event notice author Thursday April 27, 2006 12:20author by CELT - Centre for Environmental Living & Trainingauthor email info at celtnet dot orgauthor phone 061 640765 & 087 6324644 Report this post to the editors

Choose from 15 Traditional Skills / Ecology courses

6th / 7th MAY 2006
Bealkelly Wood, Tuamgraney, County Clare.

CELT's Big Woodland /Countryside Skills Training Event
CELT presents, in association with Muintir na Coille (Coppice and Allied Trades Association), choice of 15 courses in environmental and ecological trades for all levels. Trainees already having basic skills are welcome to develop their skills further with the guidance of our highly qualified tutors. Courses are open to all over 14 years.

Free Camping. Come earlier if you'd like to help with setting up.


Dry Stone & Lime Mortar Walling
Traditional construction techniques for walls and buildings - also garden features (retaining walls, raised beds, seats). Steel-toe-cap / strong boots recommended.
Course Tutor: Bob Wilson

Identification of woodland plants and use of them to make teas, tinctures, ointments, salves, soups, salads.
Course tutor: Kes Clarke

Greenwood Furniture
Selection of different types of native green hardwoods and using them to make interesting furniture using the natural shapes and grain of the wood. Materials charge 20 euro.
Course tutor : Stuart McIntyre.

An introduction to living in the wild - using the skills of the hunter-gatherer together with a bit of common sense and knowledge of the plants and creatures of the forest, to not only survive, but enjoy it ! Bring a sharp knife and waterproof clothing + a change of clothes.
Course Tutor: Del Harding

Longbow Making
Using traditional hand tools to produce a longbow. This course will include arrow making and firing techniques - materials charge 20 euro.
Course Tutor: Michael Moylan

Using local timber, participants will learn carving techniques and use/care of hand tools. Materials charge 7 euro. Carve an ogham panel or oak leaf panel in 2d (2 dimension)
Course Tutor: Andrew St Ledger

Use of small portable forge to make hand tools and decorative wrought ironwork - 10 euro materials charge payable with course fee.
Course Tutor: Peter Collins

Coppersmithing / Tinsmithing
Making basic containers using recycled materials. This is a unique opportunity to gain basic skills in coppersmithing using simple hand tools - Materials charge 10 euro.
Course Tutor: Andy Harris

Basket Weaving
Traditional willow basketry skills for many uses and the varieties of willow available - Materials charge 7 euro.
Course Tutor: Peter Sheehan

Shave-horse construction
Make your own 'shave-horse' for shaving down lengths of timber for a variety of uses - an essential tool of the green-woodwork craftsman. Materials charge 15 euros.
Course tutor: Eoin Donnelly view image

Natural Building
Phase 2 of construction of a roundhouse with reciprocal frame roof. Methods include stonework, cob (earth, straw and sand), cordwood (logs built into cob).
Course tutor: Saul Mosbacher

An introduction to silver jewelry making. Design and make your own jewelry pieces starting with a ring or pendant. If you have a semi-precious stone that you would like to incorporate in jewelry, bring it along. Also bring protective apron and stool / chair if you can. Small materials charge.
Course tutor: Susi Lewisohn view image

Use of gauges and knives to create spoons, tool handles, etc, from pieces of native timber. Materials charge 5 euro per item.
Course tutor: Mark Wilson

Sugan Chair making
Using green wood and sisal to make your own small traditional sugan chair.
Materials charge 5 euro.
Course tutor : Sean Walshe

Wattle and Daub (* Subsidised course - special rate 80 euro for 2 days)
This ancient method of wall construction is very ecologically sound and sustainable, using local materials. Learn to split lengths of hazel and weave the wattle framework which is then 'daubed' with a plaster of lime, sand and fibre. The course will also cover the basics of coppice management.
Course tutor : Joe Gowran

Ti-pi making
Design, preparation and stitching of canvas to make a cover for a 9ft children's lodge. Also pole preparation and configuration. Materials charge 90 euro.
Course tutor : Ti-pi Dave

Phase 2 of thatching the roof of our traditional round-house - an introduction using local reed.
Course tutor : Harry Bartelink

Course fees : 120 euro (100 euro unwaged)
[Membership is a requirement - 15 euro (10 euro unwaged)]
Plus any materials charge (payable in advance if possible, or at reception)
Non-refundable deposit 50 euro per person (+ membership if applicable) to be sent to confirm booking. Please give 2nd and 3rd choices if you can as some courses may be quickly booked up and please state if you have any previous experience in the skill of your choice.

On-line Booking: http://www.celtnet.org

Courses run 10.30am - 5pm.

Good wholesome food available. Also Teahouse & Camping

Strong boots / Wellingtons, Raingear, Penknife are recommended.

Centre for Environmental Living and Training, c/o East Clare Community Co-op, Main Street, Scariff, Co Clare, Ireland.
Phone : +353 (0)61-640765 +353 (0)87-632 4644 E-mail: info@celtnet.org

Related Link: http://www.celtnet.org
author by dunkpublication date Mon May 08, 2006 11:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

wow, what a weekend - thanks to all who have played their part in this unfolding story

from the river that has been here for god knows how long, the wooded banks that saw life for nearly as long, the man who came from further a field, who came up the river and ended up living in a magical woods, to the folk who came over time to share in the magic and to help make things grow, to the people in the nearby village who pitched in together and helped make a beautiful, simple and powerful community, to the woman from beyond the village who took an interest in seeds and started saving them, to the friends who joined her in her back garden, to the folk who came from further afield for a few weeks back in 2002, to the folk who kept it going, kept the connections alive, to those who took it to the next level, to those who shared knowledge on building homes and making chairs, to those that lifted the spirits with tales and tunes around the fires, to those who shared time, tea, peace and quite, to those that were simply there, who smiled and who said nothing.

strange times indeed. But dont think it too strange for a moment that a little story as simple as this will end up being told by old un-hungry women in bolivia, young children without weapons in liberia, children in what was worn torn bosnia, primary school children on their ecological field trip to an eco village in lahinch. We are part of the story, we all have our bit to play, and the pleasure is simply living the life with the rest of this global community and knowing before laying down to rest that it is the only thing that makes sense, it has always been the way, it has always been simple, it has always been known

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