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Workshops and projects for Schools
Crafts, games and techniques to cultivate ones sensory perception of the natural world. Great for summer school activities, art, drama and roleplay. Learn the identification and uses of trees, plants, minerals and animals, combined with folklore, story and song.
(a weasel hunting a rabbit)
Ancient Technology & Experimental Archaeology
Alchemy, Charcoal, Paper & Bread......is an assortment of workshops on primitive charcoal making, earth oven building, bread making, paper making and alchemy for schools art and colleges. This experience enables artists of all ages and abilities to reach a grass roots level of mark making. Creating charcoal from willow to draw with and from other woods to be used in primitive forges or ovens.
is a multi-faceted, interactive learning tool... experience the making
of artists willow charcoal and charcoal fuel, organic paper, a clay oven
workshop is relevant to ecology, geography, renewable energy, archaeology,
history, chemistry, physics and art. The oven will become a community
resource for your school or centre. We will run a drawing workshop using
your homemade willow charcoal. Some of the earliest cave art was drawn
include Tanning and Curing hides, Charcoal making, Willow work, Wattle
and Daub, Cookery, Ovens and Pots, Stone Tools, Bone Tools, Wood work,
Metal work and more.
are light weight flat bottomed boats, made of wooden poles and skinned
with waterproofed material or cow hide. Learn how to make your own whilst
Ali The Chemist
This eccentric Alchemist will guide you through the elements and origins of chemistry.
Learn the powers of fermentation using nature's harvest... the powers of friction and combustion using ancient fire lighting skills... the processes of decomposition, composting and primitive smithcraft.
Ali will visit your school and bring his travelling alchemy workshop.
Ivan on the Penny Hooks Brook
Horn made of willow bark, pinned together with haw thorns,
blown for May Day celebrations.
Photos by Neil Pinnock and Chris Park
Setting a knife into an antler handle with pine resin, bees wax and charcoal powder.
Charcoal earth clamp.
Layered reed thatch, all scythed by hand (Westmill Farm Nature Awareness & Ancient Technology Centre, Oxon) & brushed up straw thatch (Westcott School, Bucks).
Standing the stone...
Hermitage built for The Natural House Project at Compton Verney June 2007
Ancient style crib.
...Niamh Seren Lyra asleep.
Stone celt, stone quern, bone comb and pot decorated with roe deer tracks.
Cordage from roe deer sinews...
...and needles from the bone made with a stone tools - hammer, axe, scrapers, drills and burins.
Primitive tools, cordage, buckskin and bark.
Making a Coracle from Willow and Hide.
...green willow framework...
Rawhide used to tension the frame and the seat...
The horse hide is salted and de-fleshed with flint and bone tools
Strips of hide are cut to sew the hide to the frame...
Willow bark is used as cordage...
The finished coracle made with just willow & horse hide.
Willow Canoe/Kyak built in collaboration with Edwin Deady of dark-age-boats.co.uk based upon
the dimensions of a bronze age boat grave.
Some simple pottery
Barn Owl, a morning hunter....