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time out after a day on a course at the Feli 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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         " ....what's happening here is not just fine craftwork                          

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

   

                                               James Tennet, Timberwright


new for 2013

Free Heritage Skills Training Courses

 

MASONRY SKILLS

 

learn how to build a traditional lime-mortared granite stone wall

staff member Guto Jones will be training people how to build a traditional stone house wall using reclaimed stone and haudralic lime. The stone wall will be a foundation for the later straw bale walls

 

TRADITIONAL OAK TIMBER FRAMING

 

learn how to chose convert and frame up a new building with locally sourced oak timber

the training willl be ongoing throught the winter and will cover every asect of traditional oak timber framing from the care of hand tools to the cutting of specialist joints and raising heavy frames. Dafydd Davies-Hughes and Alice Midmore will be leading the work.

 

9.30-4.30pm

Monday to Friday every week

vegetarian lunch and basic safety clothing provided .

 

Booking beforehand is essential as places and tools are limited:

  • For masonry training please contact Guto on guto@felinuchaf.org
  • For Green Oak Timber Framing training please contact Alice or Dafydd on felinuchaf@tiscali.co.uk

The free training is part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Llyn Landscape Partnership.

 

In addition to the ongoing heritage & conservation skills training the centre runs regular accredited courses, in partnership with Coleg Harlech, 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.

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 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, 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...

 

                           Heritage & Eco -Building Skills

Green Oak Timber Framing:

Participants will learn how to convert oak logs, plan,lay-out and cut the basic joints used in traditional green oak joinery using a range of hand and power tools.
The training will introduce students to the history of oak timber framing, different methods and tool care.This project will be a rare opportunity to join in the making of a great Welsh Cruck-oak barn and a valuable community resource.

The building design will incorporate traditional and contemporary features with the aim of creating an inspiring working environment of natural grace and beauty. A space 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


Stone Walling and Cob Building:

Stone Walling: The training will cover: building a traditional dry stone wall and building a lime mortared stone foundation wall. Participants will learn the principles of both dry and mortared stone walling. The finished wall will form the foundation for a cob wall.

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

Cob Building : The training will cover the construction of a structural cob and earth wall, looking at local examples and wattle and daub

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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

 

building the curved stone walled perimeter of the new cob building

 

 

 

 

first-time thatcher volunteering on the new roundhose roof

 

 

 

 

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