June 15-16th - Axe Hafting and Sheath Making Course (At Ellekers Wood)
Peter’s Axe hafting course (handle making and fitting) is run in a covered space in a woodland setting over two days. Campers are welcome to arrive from Friday evening and spend time around the fire, ready for a Saturday morning start.
Peter, from Soulwood Creations, will guide you through making your very own carving axe. On the first day you will learn about the right wood for axe handles, how to hang an axe head and carve a faceted ergonomic handle. In addition, an in depth discussion on what makes a functional tool handle which will allow you to create your own handles for your tools in the future.
On the second day Peter will introduce you to the fundamentals of leatherworking through making a custom sheath for your axe. These skills such as saddle stitching, edge finishing and dyeing will enable you to venture on to many different leather projects, if you wish to do so, in the future.
This course includes a hand forged axe head that Peter uses for his own axes. You will also learn how to sharpen your axe to a razor edge so you can return home with a perfect tool for all your future wood carving projects.
For all courses, a hearty, healthy lunch is provided (please let your tutor know of any dietary requirements when booking), along with tea, coffee and water. Breakfast and evening meal is self-catered, with firewood and charcoal-based cooking available.
We also provide firewood, brew-kit, washing up and cooking facilities, crockery and cutlery.
Guests should bring; barbecue food or pans for cooking on a fire for breakfast and evening meals.
Facilities include covered workshop spaces, an undercover outdoor cooking set-up, communal dining area, comfortable compost toilet, plenty of loo roll, and handwashing. A good stone track leads to the parking area within the wood, this is suitable for cars, please keep speed under 10mph.
You are welcome to pitch a tent or bring a campervan and stay overnight in the wood by arrangement, please speak to your course tutor.
A number of B&Bs and inns are available within a 15 minute drive, if preferred.
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