" ....what's happening here is not just fine craftwork
it's sheer artistry. I've never seen the like of it .."
James Tennet, Timberwright
CLOSED FOR WINTER 2017/18
This season's courses are now fully subscribed
we will be posting next season's programme of short courses , aprectiship opportunities and internship placement opportunities early in 2018
Cynefin & Chymuned LLyn
Please scroll down the page for this Autumn & Winter's programme of talks. walks and workshops run bilingually for people interested in developing new - or expanding their existing - Green and Cultural Tourism enterprises.
To download information aboutthis year's Heritage Skills Courses please click on the following :
- Download Course Booking Form to be completed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Booking in advance is essential to ensure a place on the courses.
In addition to the volunteering, training & apprentiship opportunities in heritage, conservation and eco-construction skills the centre runs a programme of short courses on a wide variety of practical skills including :
course covers: a practical understanding of the production, care and different uses of lime mortars including pointing, plastering wattle & daub and limewashing with pigments. The courses enable participants to be able to source and use lime safely and successfully in both repair/conservation and new/eco-build applications.
This year we will partnered the National Trust, through the Heritage Lottery Funded Llyn Landscape Partnership project, to offer training during the repair and renovation of two traditional crog-loft cottages here on Mynydd Rhiw. To find out more about the Rhiw Cottage Restoration Project please follow the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Aewlnu0hY
course covers: planning, planting tree care ,species identification & ecology, the carbon cylcle & sustainability, woodland coppice crafts and the history of woodland management in Britain.
Organic - Biodynamic Gardening
includes garden design & planting plans, composting, weeds,pests & diseases, tools & techniques, plant varieties and ecology
course covers a range of different construction methods from earth walling, cob and stone to green oak & timber frame, thatching, straw bale building , traditional pegged slating, limeplastering,pointing and limewashing
please refer to the diary on the News Page for forthcoming events or contact the office for further details on 01758 780388...
All the eco-building projects at Felin Uchaf are carried out entirely by volunteers, trainees & apprentices. We aim to offer the highest standards of guidance and tuition. Some elements of the work being run as focused courses on specialist aspects of the construction but mostly as ongoing training and work experience opporunities.
The building designs incorporate traditional and contemporary features with the aim of creating inspiring working environments with natural grace and beauty. Spaces to nourish soul and spirit.
Trainees and course participants from outisde the area have the option of staying in a wide range of nearby accommodation from shorefront hotels, farmhouse B&Bs, an adjacent converted mill, thatched roundhouse glamping or own-tent camping on site. Please see the website's links page for nearby accommodation or contact us for information and bookings
" As part of my NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Carpentry I am required to get a certain amount of experience in heavy timber frame work. There were a few different placements around Wales where I could fulfill the criteria, but I felt that raising the cruck barn at Felin Uchaf was the most exciting of them all. I knew that Felin Uchaf took on volunteers so I also saw it as a good opportunity to meet new people from around the globe and learn from them.
The main goal during my time at Felin Uchaf was to raise and assemble a cruck frame barn. I learned a range of various skills which included how to set out timbers for framing, cut joints, make pegs, draw bore, carve moldings, use various framing machinery and instruments, and work efficiently with other carpenters. The really challenging work began when we started to raise the frame, this was not a simple task, and it required an army of volunteers. I learned how to apply some of my own existing skills in large mast erecting to raising the heavy timber frame bents. I also learned the importance in how to communicate effectively with co workers at critical moments during the raising.
My time at Felin Uchaf successfully ticked all the boxes in the heavy timber framing section of my NVQ file, but more importantly it gave me a lot of relevant experience and practice for my future career.
I hope to come back soon.
Green and Cultural Tourism Courses and Events
Byw ar Y Fiw : new initiative set up by Menter Y Felin Uchaf to seed, mentor and support existing and emerging businesses wishing to explore how better to use our local natural and cultural resorces to generate new enterprises or to expand their existing capacity.
The initiative has been funded by the Big Lottery's Coastal Communities Fund. A nationwide project aimed at helping coatal communities make better economic use of their local resources.
This Autumn & Winter's events are aimed at raising local people's awareness of the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Llyn and exploring how we can better make use of these resources to enhance the are's economic future.
The events will be delivered in Welsh by experts in their field- but please be assured that whatever your level of Welsh - you will be warmly welcomed and translation facilities made available for you.... So do come along and discover more about where you live.
To download a copy of the forthcoming activities and events please click here:
Cynefin a Chymuned - Exploring our relationship with our Natural and Cultural Landscape