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 courses at the Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd, North Wales
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plaster castin on a sculpture course at the Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd, North Wales
Enid sculpting clay on a course at the Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd, North Wales
Belinda Hughes casting her sculpture on a course at the Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd, North Wales
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Rachel Head chiseling a tenon joint on the green oak cruck framed boatbuilding workshop at Felin Uchaf

         " ....what's happening here is not just fine craftwork                          

                      it's sheer artistry.  I've never seen the like of it .."

   

                                               James Tennet, Timberwright


Next Courses:

 

Summer 2014

 

                 spoon making courses at Felin Uchaf eco-Museumn site North Wales

 

 

 

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Winter 2013/14

 

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.

 

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    To download information aboutthis year's Heritage Skills Courses please click on the following :   

              

 

  • Download Course Booking Form to be completed and emailed to felinuchaf@hotmail.co.uk. 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 :

Using lime

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 ( 2013) we will be partnering the National Trust, through the Heritage Lottery Funded Llyn Landscape Partnership project, to offer free courses 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

Woodland management

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

Eco-Building Techniques

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.

volunteers raising a new green oak timber frame, aberdaron, gwynedd, north wales    curved braces sawn for the new green oak timber frame at the Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd,North Wales

mixing cob on a cob building course at the Felin uchaf Educational Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd ,North Wales    applying cob daub to a hazel wattle wall on a cob building course at the Felin uchaf Educational Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd ,North Wales

Participant accommodation

 

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

 

ancient Celtic camp and contemporary tents at Felin Uchaf Centre , Eco Museum

  

Trainee testimonial:

 

" 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.

                                                                                                                 Osian
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Green and Cultural Tourism Courses and Events

 

Byw ar Y Fiw is a 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. To find out more about the Coastal Communities Fund and it's aims and objectives please click here

 

The initiative is staffed by Wil Parry and Nia Griffith at our Botwnnog office - Canolfan Congol Meinciau - where they can be contacted on 01758 770011 or emailed via nia@felinuchaf.org and wil@felinuchaf.org or via the Byw ar Y Fiw website http://bywaryfiweng.wordpress.com/. They will be very pleased to help with your enquiries - whatever stage your ideas are at.

 

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

 

We very much look forward to welcoming you to these exciting events.


                low winter sunset  the St Mary's Church site at the tip of the LLyn Peninsula, North Wales

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trainees on a green oak timber framing course

volunteers on a green oak timber framing and thatching course, aberdaron, gwynedd

Will Williams making green oak pegs on a shaving horse at Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd

raising a green oak timber frame - a new Welsh cruck oak frame at Aberdaron, Gwynedd

Tom O'Kane and Richard Fletcher cutting out joints on a green oak timber framing course at the Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd, North Wales

 

 

 

 

mixing cob on a cob building course at the Felin uchaf Educational Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd ,North Wales

applying cob daub to a hazel wattle wall on a cob building course at the Felin uchaf Educational Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd ,North Wales

mixing cob on a cob building course at the Felin uchaf Educational Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd ,North Wales

 

thatching course

thatching the new farm shop with our own local cut water reed

 

earth daubing the new roundhouse interior

 

stone walling courses

building the curved stone walled perimeter of the new cob building

 

 

 

 

first-time thatcher volunteering on the new roundhose roof

 

 

 

 

international volunteers form a UNA work camp at Felin uchaf Centre

cobbing the Seed Buiding walls

 

 

 

 

The Felin Uchaf Education Centre,stone farmhouse accomodation, Aberdaron, Gwynedd, North Wales

 

 

West of the Felin Uchaf Education Centre towards Aberdaron and Ynys Enlli

 

 

John Ensor and Ivan Murray on a sculpture course at the Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd

Martin Turtle on a sculpture course at the Felin Uchaf Education Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd

 

cover for the course programme and information leaflet, Felin Uchaf Centre, Aberdaron, Gwynedd, North Wales