Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Courses and events

Make greenwood stool in Bedfordshire with Wassledine

Come spend an enjoyable and relaxing day with us in our lovely hazel woodland, Bottoms’ Corner to savour some good company, quite a lot of chat, as well as some pretty good home-baked cakes, whilst learning to do or make something interesting and probably useful at the same time. Spend a day with Wassledine for some constructive relaxation.

Gift certificates

We offer gift certificates that may be redeemed against any of our products so if you are after a gift for someone who might appreciate a Wassledine Day in the Woods, find out more here.

Arrange your own special event

We are very happy to run courses for you at your own venue if you have the space and we can also arrange special events for small groups of friends or colleagues at Bottoms’ Corner in Gravenhurst – team building, for a celebration…  ..if you’re interested, please contact us to chat over your ideas.

Please note – we run courses for other organisations at other venues, so do check the venue before booking


Make an Autumnal Wreath
Make an autumn wreath with Wassledine and The Baldock Flower Farm

Make an autumn wreath with Wassledine and The Baldock Flower Farm

Tuesday 17 October 10am-12.30pm
At The Baldock Flower Farm

Enjoy a relaxing morning at the very beautiful Baldock Flower Farm learning to make a stunning autumnal wreath. You’ll start by making a base of our own willow which can then be decorated with wonderful natural flourishes drawn from the Flower Farm and collected from the wider countryside. Of course with Christmas not far away, your creation could be useful for several months to come.

Home made cakes and plenty of tea and coffee will oil the wheels of your creativity.

We are very pleased to announce that this is our first event to be run in partnership with The Baldock Flower Farm.

 

 

 

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Make an autumn wreath with Wassledine at The Baldock Flower Farm - Tuesday 17 October

Cost – £40 per person
All enquiries and bookings to Johanna Brown – 07519 397 343 enquiries@thebaldockflowerfarm.co.uk

 


 

Coming soon…

Sorry you missed these courses but let us know if you’d like to get involved in a future day – they will be repeated.


Spoon Carving with Ed Burnett

Date to be arranged

Whittling works wonders. Join us to learn the craft of spoon carving

Whittling works wonders

At the end of this one, you’ll head home relaxed, replete and ready to use a spoon and perhaps a spatula you’ve made yourself from hazel, cherry, maple, willow or birch cut from our woods.

This is an opportunity to use some unusual tools – shavehorse, drawknife, gouges…   ..it’s a really absorbing thing to do and makes a connection between wood and the trees that produce that most wonderful of natural materials.

Course tutor

The course will be led by local wood carver and craftsman Ed Burnett. Ed worked for many years in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire managing country parks and woodlands and is now a full time green woodworker, carver and basket maker.

Cost – £65 (includes course fee, all materials, tea, coffee, fruit and cake)


 

Storytelling in the woods

Date to be arranged

Jane LAmbourne of Wassledine organises and runs storytelling training for people who work with children and wish to expand their skillsA sense of wonder needs to be part of every wildlife session with children (and adults). The natural world provides countless amazing and wonderful factual and scientific stories, but there’s room for imagination too.

This day is designed for anyone who works with children in an outdoor setting and/or would like to take the first steps towards telling a story themselves. Whether you are helping children discover their local wildlife or working to develop speaking, listening and creative writing skills with young people, this course is for you.

It’s a fun day that’s packed with activities to send you home with a head full of ideas.

Course tutor – Jane Lambourne of Wassledine. To find out more about Jane and her storytelling experience, click here or take a look at her storytelling pages

Cost – £65 (includes course fee, all materials, tea, coffee, fruit and cake)

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Feedback from past participants…

“Supportive/encouraging. Lovely place/opportunity to discuss points and listen to each other. Thank you.” “I want to do more course like this” “I would love to see more folk telling stories”

 

Basket making for beginners

Date to be arranged

Tricky but so satisfying - make your own round basket from Wassledine's willow

Tricky but so satisfying – make your own round basket from Wassledine’s willow

During this day you will enjoy an introduction to working with willow and getting to grips with making your own round basket to take home. Participants with some experience will be able to try some different techniques.

We’ll also include information about willow – selecting, sorting and soaking – the kind of stuff every budding basket maker needs to know.

Course tutor – Ed Burnett

The course will be led by local craftsman Ed Burnett. Ed worked for many years in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire managing country parks and woodlands and is now a full time green woodworker, carver and basket maker. He enjoys making functional, beautiful things and knowing about where the materials come from, particularly sourcing timber and willow from Bedfordshire.

Cost – £70 (includes course fee, all materials, tea, coffee, fruit and cake)

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Feedback from past participants…

“Beautiful location, friendly people” “I had a lovely relaxing day and have something to show at the end of it. Thank you” “Thank you so much for a really enjoyable day. Would love to do more” “Lovely, clear and calm [teaching style]” “Love the alfresco loo”

 

Music in the woods – with Soundhoppers

Date to be arranged

Music in the Woods with Wassledine - dates to be arranged for 2017We are delighted to welcome Ruth and Steve – ‘Soundhoppers’ – to bring a new sound to Bottoms Corner this autumn.

Myriad cultures across the world utilise materials and inspiration of nature in order to mimic the sounds they encounter. Ruth and Steve aim to make use of easily available items to emphasise the fact that music has been with us for a long time.

In the morning we will gather materials and begin creating simple percussive instruments or drum beaters. During the afternoon we will play a variety of instruments together, including what we have made, and create nature inspired soundscapes. You will be able to try out some new sounds with instruments you may not have experienced before.

Course tutors

Ruth and Steve of Soundhoppers have both been creating in musical and other ways from early on in life. “It seems a natural transition to offer the opportunity to others, to discover new ideas and find their confidence in communicating with sound and rhythm”. Soundhoppers run musical workshops, interactive soundscapes and crafting sessions for all ages and abilities. Schools, day centres, community groups and events. http://soundhoppers.co.uk


 

Make a willow obelisk plant support
Make a willow obelisk plant support - Saturday 22 April 2017

Make a willow obelisk plant support

Date to be arranged, probably April 2018

A day session to learn how to make a simple obelisk shaped support for your garden from willow.

We make lots of obelisk plant supports from willow each year. They are great for growing sweet peas or any other climbing plant and are relatively easy to make. In the day, you will create something to take away and use in your own garden. We’ll also spend a little time talking about willow – choosing, sorting and selecting. Held on site, outside on the farm in Gravenhurst, in the woods or in the barn, depending on the weather.

Choosing willow for an obelisk

Choosing willow for an obelisk

This day will require a large amount of bending and kneeling. Please bring secateurs and a pair of loppers if you have some. You will also need to have a reasonable sized car to carry your creation home – we will make sure you make one small enough to fit!

This day will be led by Guy Lambourne of  Wassledine who has made many, many obelisks over the years and run one or two of these training days every year for the last few years.

Cost – £65 (includes course fee, all materials, tea, coffee, fruit and cake)

Feedback from past participants…

“All fantastic” “Not at all what I thought it would be” “Beautiful [venue]” “Thank you so much for such a wonderful day. I can’t believe what you helped me to achieve. I can’t wait to put the obelisk in my garden” “Delicious lemon cake”

Make a willow hurdle

Date to be arranged April 2018

Wassledine offers hurdle making experience days in their wood in Bedfordshire, Bottoms' Corner

A successful bunch of hurdle makers in Bottoms’ Corner

Willow hurdles are beautiful and have many uses around the garden. Learn the basics of making a willow screen and take a fairly small one home with you. Like many weaving projects, it’s easy to grasp but tricky to do well.

This day will be taught by Guy Lambourne of Wassledine. Guy started making willow hurdles well over 10 years ago and sells lots every year.

This day will require a large amount of bending and kneeling as well as some upper body and finger strength. There’s a walk of about 300m from the car park to the venue although we can provide a lift for anyone who needs one. Please contact us if you are concerned about your physical ability to enjoy the day; we will do as much as we can to make it possible.  Please bring secateurs and a pair of loppers if you have some. You will also need to have a reasonable sized car to carry your creation home – we will make sure you make one small enough to fit!

Cost – £75 (includes course fee, all materials, tea, coffee, fruit and cake)


 

Make a willow ball

Date to be arranged – May 2018

Join us at Wassledine to make a beautiful ball from nothing but willow

Join us at Wassledine to make a beautiful ball from nothing but willow

We’ve been making willow balls for several years and they always prove popular, especially with gardeners who buy them to use as a focal point, perhaps to train plants through or even to hang from trees.

You’ll make a ball of about 12-18 inches diameter, entirely from some of our finest willow. There’s no wire, string or anything else involved. You’ll need a fair amount of persistence though and a bit of strength in your hands!

Ball makers - pLeased with themselves!

Ball makers – pleased with themselves!

The day will be led by Guy Lambourne of Wassledine, who has been making willow balls for over 10 years and has run several successful ball-making days.

There’s a walk of about 300m from the car park to the venue although we can provide a lift for anyone who needs one. Please contact us if you are concerned about your physical ability to enjoy the day; we will do as much as we can to make it possible.  Please bring secateurs and a pair of loppers if you have some.

Cost – £70 (includes course fee, all materials, tea, coffee, fruit and cake)

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Feedback from past participants…

“Took longer than I imagined” “Love the tranquil setting” “Delicious cakes” “Fabulous venue” “Informal and informative” “Great fun and we all achieved something” “I’ve eaten too much cake!” “Fantastic day, really enjoyable, thank you”  “scary prospect but really fine with brilliant view!” [on the composting toilet]

Make a stool

(Date to be arranged)

The results of a day's stool making with Wassledine- excellent!

The results of a day’s stool making – excellent!

There’s something really special about using a piece of furniture that you’ve made yourself, even if it’s only a small, simple thing. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it every day for many years to come. A three-legged stool is an excellent first green woodwork project – simple yet satisfying and perfectly doable in a day. So join us and expert craftsman and teacher, Ed Burnett, to explore the wonders of selecting wood, cleaving, shaving, drilling…

Green wood is the most wonderful material to work with; soft, yielding and beautiful. This Day in the Woods requires no experience of woodworking at all. It’s just fine if you’ve never picked up a saw before or if for you the froe’s secrets remain to be explored. If you missed out on woodwork at school or whittling in the woods and feel intimidated by gouges, chisels and mallets, this day could be for you.

You will need to be fairly mobile and have some upper body strength. If in doubt, please contact us in advance; we will do all we can to ensure you are able to take part in and enjoy the day. Of course if you came to the shave horse making weekend in May, bring the result with you.

Course tutor – Ed Burnett

Ed talks about wood for stool seats

Ed talks about wood for stool seats

The course will be led by local craftsman Ed Burnett. Ed worked for many years in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire managing country parks and woodlands and is now a full time green woodworker, carver and basket maker. He enjoys making functional, beautiful things and knowing about where the materials come from, particularly sourcing timber and willow from Bedfordshire.

Participant’s comments – Hi Jane & Guy, We very much enjoyed the course & thank you for the cake Jane, it was delicious!

 

Make a Shave Horse

Date to be arranged – most likely May 2018

A herd of shave horses made on Wassledine's Day in the Woods during May 2017

A herd of shave horses made on Wassledine’s Day in the Woods during May 2017

For those of you who are beginning to get into green woodworking, a shave horse is one of the first devices you’ll need and although they can be bought, there’s nothing quite like using one you made yourself. This course will cover the selection and sourcing of materials, instruction on how to construct your very own shave horse and tuition on how to use it. All tools and materials will be provided and no previous wood working skills are required.

The course also provides the opportunity to escape to the woods for a weekend.

Course tutor – Ed Burnett

The course will be led by local craftsman Ed Burnett. Ed worked for many years in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire managing country parks and woodlands and is now a full time green woodworker, carver and basket maker. He enjoys making functional, beautiful things and knowing about where the materials come from, particularly sourcing timber and willow from Bedfordshire.

Cost – tbc for 2018


Withie workshop

(Date to be arranged)

Withie workshop ith Wassledine in Bedfordshire. date to be finalised for 2017Working with withies or willow stems, is fascinating, relaxing and can produce some lovely results. This is a day for anyone who would love to dabble with willow work – we’ll be making a variety of small, beautiful things – mini-hurdles, whorls, flowers, fish…

As well as being something you’ll enjoy, just for its own sake, working with willow can be great for professionals and volunteers working with groups of people and looking for different ways to engage their interest and develop concentration, manual dexterity and a feeling of achievement.

Course tutor

Jane Lambourne of Wassledine will lead this day. For nearly twenty years, Jane has worked with groups of people, most often children, telling stories and using all manner of crafts, particularly in countryside and environmental settings. She has been collecting these willow projects since 2003 when we started growing willow ourselves.

Price – £65 (includes course fee, all materials, tea, coffee, fruit and cake)

 

Willow wreaths for Christmas

Making wreaths for Christmas at Jordan's Mill - have fun producing something very decorative

Making wreaths for Christmas – have fun producing something very decorative

A willow wreath is a chic alternative to the traditional Christmas holly wreath and, unlike holly and fir, doesn’t require regular watering to keep it looking fresh.

At the workshops, Jane and Guy Lambourne, who grow willow and other natural materials on their smallholding in Bedfordshire, will demonstrate how to create and decorate a beautiful willow wreath, using materials grown by them locally.

 

 

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  Phone: 01462 711815

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