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The Weekend In The Woods - Spring 2006 Photo Report.

category clare | environment | news report author Tuesday May 09, 2006 20:54author by Niall Harnett Report this post to the editors

The 10th Weekend in the Woods at Bealkelly Wood, Tuamgraney, Co Clare, organised by CELT - the Centre for Environmental Living & Training.

Born after the success of a Summer Craft Fair in Bealkelly Wood, the first weekend of traditional craft courses took place under a few hastily hoisted tarps between the trees in the wet Autumn of 2002.

It was booked out.

Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength and the workshop infrastructure along with it, so much so that the little 'Village in the Woods' looks like a scene out of an Asterix comic.

Weekends in the woods take place three times a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn at the invitation of host Del Harding in his woodland home on the shores of Lough Derg.
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Courses are designed around the use of natural materials, keeping alive the traditional and essential skills of survival in the natural environment, and using the gifts of nature to do just that ... and to thrive!

It's also a chance to meet up and camp out with friends, make new ones and have some fun together in the woods and by the lake.

Check out the next 'Summer In The Woods' - July 22/23/24 ...

Related Link: http://www.celtnet.org

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Mr CELT ... Bob Wilson.
Mr CELT ... Bob Wilson.

Our host ... Del Harding
Our host ... Del Harding

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author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 21:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Arriving ...
Arriving ...

through the bluebells ...
through the bluebells ...

and the 'wild garlic' ramsons ...
and the 'wild garlic' ramsons ...

passing the horses ...
passing the horses ...

to the lake.
to the lake.

author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 21:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Blacksmithing.
Blacksmithing.

Shaping.
Shaping.

A toasting fork & a poker, with decoration.
A toasting fork & a poker, with decoration.

Copper & ...
Copper & ...

Tinsmithing.
Tinsmithing.

author by NIallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 21:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Thatching.
Thatching.

Shaping a leg on the shave-horse with a drawknife.
Shaping a leg on the shave-horse with a drawknife.

Greenwood rustic furniture.
Greenwood rustic furniture.

Sugán chair framing ...
Sugán chair framing ...

and 'sugáning'.
and 'sugáning'.

author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 21:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Herbal lore ...
Herbal lore ...

& Herbal remedies.
& Herbal remedies.

Cob ...
Cob ...

& Cordwood ...
& Cordwood ...

Roundhouse.
Roundhouse.

author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 22:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Gorgeous food from Karen's kitchen.
Gorgeous food from Karen's kitchen.

Maria & Brenda.
Maria & Brenda.

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A couple of cute water hens! ... mmm biodiversity!
A couple of cute water hens! ... mmm biodiversity!

mmm chocolate cake!
mmm chocolate cake!

author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 22:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Basket making.
Basket making.

Dry stone walling.
Dry stone walling.

Longbow making.
Longbow making.

Shave-horse construction.
Shave-horse construction.

author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 22:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Bushcraft, and an insight into the mentality of survival, with Del.
Bushcraft, and an insight into the mentality of survival, with Del.

Silversmithing.
Silversmithing.

Eoin Donnelly's Pole Lathe.
Eoin Donnelly's Pole Lathe.

Site Manager Gary tempted by a toy for a boy ... or girl! Phew!
Site Manager Gary tempted by a toy for a boy ... or girl! Phew!

Tipi making. Setting out, cutting and sewing canvas.
Tipi making. Setting out, cutting and sewing canvas.

author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 23:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Ram Pump at the stream, using the water’s own energy to pump it where you want it. New model ready behind current one.
Ram Pump at the stream, using the water’s own energy to pump it where you want it. New model ready behind current one.

Compost toilets.
Compost toilets.

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Dem Shell to Sea'ers are everywhere.
Dem Shell to Sea'ers are everywhere.

author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 23:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Stuart McIntyre’s coracle, still under construction, hit’s the water with confidence.
Stuart McIntyre’s coracle, still under construction, hit’s the water with confidence.

Calm as the water ...
Calm as the water ...

Cormac and Fiona.
Cormac and Fiona.

Peter Gowran hooks a pike.
Peter Gowran hooks a pike.

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author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 23:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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‘Local Weather Rock’. Click on photo to enlarge and read.
‘Local Weather Rock’. Click on photo to enlarge and read.

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Sol ...
Sol ...

& Ananda.
& Ananda.

Special thanks to Darragh who travelled all the way from Dublin just to help out in pre-event setting up.
Special thanks to Darragh who travelled all the way from Dublin just to help out in pre-event setting up.

author by Niallpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 23:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Independent Media Ireland.
Independent Media Ireland.

author by Eifpublication date Tue May 09, 2006 23:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

the pictures really say it all. we really live in a beautiful country. great to keep the traditional crafts alive

author by Padraicpublication date Wed May 10, 2006 02:14author email wageslave at eircom dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

I was down at Ecotopia a few years ago in Del's place and its great to see the photos and look at how the place has come on. Jaysus, makes me want to go back!

author by Seán Ryanpublication date Wed May 10, 2006 02:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Howdy Niall,
An excellent report. I'm jealous that I didn't go.

I agree with elf, we do indeed have a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing.

A big hello too to Cormac a buddy of mine seen in some of the photos. Now I'm really sickened I didn't go.

author by dreamer doingpublication date Wed May 10, 2006 11:05author 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.

Related Link: http://www.paschhoff.com/ecotopia/index.html
author by inspired by the woods and the waterspublication date Wed May 10, 2006 18:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

strange days indeed.

a new dawn
a new dawn

author by black elf - !publication date Wed May 10, 2006 19:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

wow that place looks really nice, shame about all the hippies tho..i think there's nets you can get to round them up! :<

http://www.hippyremovalservices.com

author by by inspired by the flames and the fuelpublication date Thu May 11, 2006 14:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

lovely days indeed

singing with the flames
singing with the flames

drinking with the flames
drinking with the flames

author by Robinpublication date Thu May 11, 2006 15:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Has the Incredible String Band reformed?

author by Jobpublication date Thu May 11, 2006 18:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Yeah, looks great and I'm glad you all had a great time. Lovely photos. I'm off to Italy soon and when I come back I promise to stick up various photos of me and me mates doing stuff like killing fish etc.

Very nice pictures an all that, but why do you think this merits a story on indymedia? Like, why exactly should we be interested? Are we supposed to go 'Wow! Wish I was there!' ?? I'm not a lifestyler eco-type so this is all pretty meaningless to me, but even if I was what is the point of sticking pics of your nice weekend away on indymedia?

Hold yer breath for my photos from Italy! They'll be great.

author by Bob - CELTpublication date Fri May 12, 2006 15:43author email info at celtnet dot orgauthor address CELT, c/o E.Clare Community Coop, Scariff, Co.Clareauthor phone 061-640765Report this post to the editors

Thanks Niall for an excellent report and photos. Comment from 'Job' asks why put this on Indymedia? Well, CELT has these events regularly and I suppose it's just possible that people seeing the report might be interested in what we do and might want to try it out themselves. It's all about local sustainable communities - use of local renewable or recycled resources to make buildings, tools, utensils, sports gear, etc. Also there's the link with nature - living and working in a sustainably managed woodland beside an unspoilt area of lakeshore rich in biodiversity. Don't think I need say much more, except that this way of life could happen in most rural communities throughout Ireland, creating jobs, saving energy and caring for the environment. More support from government and local authorities wouldn't go amiss.

Mr SOLIDARITY ! - Niall Harnett
Mr SOLIDARITY ! - Niall Harnett

Related Link: http://www.celtnet.org
author by Crow-walkingpublication date Fri May 12, 2006 20:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Great photos and a wonderful record of a weekend that would inspire even the most dour individual!
Father sky gave us rain in great quantity followed by glorious sun: Mother earth gave us a bumpy pillow and the Spirit within was well filled with good companions met and great craic enjoyed!
Thanks to all involved......again!

author by Floyd Soulpublication date Sun May 14, 2006 22:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

What a fantastic weekend. Most beautiful woodland I've ever seen.

I can't wait to come back.

Here's a photograph of Del.

Del Harding
Del Harding

author by Thomur - Nonepublication date Mon May 15, 2006 01:53author email thomur at hotmail dot comauthor address author phone 0879223173Report this post to the editors

I wouldnt be the most outdoorsey type but what a great weekend.
Sean our tutor for the sugan chairmaking was brilliant.How he kept his patience I will never know.8 people on the course and 8
completely different chairs expressing their individuality.Learn't
more about wood and wood crafts than 10 years watching the DIY
channels.Great event, well organised.As the Terminator said,
I'll be back.

author by mims - Eglantine Community Gardenpublication date Mon May 15, 2006 17:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi, just to add a wee bit about the community garden that happened at the same time in Scariff. People from at least 6 different communtiy garden projects from Dublin, Belfast, Gort and Scariff met up in the cooperative cafe in scariff over the weekend in the woods. We watched the wonderful documentary "the power of community" which was all about local and urban food production in Cuba. We also enjoyed a tour of the Scariff community garden, and shared thoughts and dreams on how we could help each other out in the future. I think a full report is to impending in the coming weeks, so watch this space!
LOVE! mims

author by mims - Eglantine Community Gardenpublication date Mon Aug 28, 2006 18:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

http://eglantine-community-garden.blogspot.com/

Hi, just incase anyone follows this thread, here's the website for Belfast's community garden. I'ts mostly just photos and events notices at the minute. This is mostly just so that people can Google for the website address. Thanks

Related Link: http://eglantine-community-garden.blogspot.com/
author by Dunkpublication date Fri Jan 18, 2013 20:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Oh no, I have just heard that a good friend has passed away. That wild and passionate man, that Dub who moved to west clare, who moved on to fight up in Rossport, Niall Harnett... Condolences to Carol and to all who laughed with Niall, drank tea out by the lake of Dells woods after Ecotopia, had a few cans of beer and a dance at the climate camps in England, met up in Clare and admired the sheer beauty of it all.

I hope your presence remains with the rest of us and lights that fire for justice, for the earth and for our fellow travellers. I cant believe we will never have that cup of tea by the lake we talked about.

I can still see him smiling with that glint and saying "allright Dunko whats the crack"

Sin é, RIP, slán a chara

Photoalbum; Niall Harnett - RIP
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