The last month has been a busy one for the group at Falstone. Most of the shavehorses are now finished and in use. We have begun experimenting on projects with gypsy flowers and kuksas(swedish drinking cups). This has included collecting hazel from nearby woods and using fallen birch from Dipton Mill. The skill level of the group is well beyond Level 1 and the portfolios are looking fantastic – they received a good report from both Ofsted and the External Examiner.
Plans are underway for an end of course exhibition in July at the library in Haltwhistle and a presentation evening with practical demonstrations at Falstone. The women have raised funding for tools which will help them to set up a self organised craft group which will run on after the course ends. They are also becoming involved in a Skills Exchange which is being set up in the North Pennines.
Three of the women are attending the Coppice Association North West ‘Weekend in the Woods’ on 12/13th May with me… we are really looking forward to gaining new skills to pass on.