|Green Wood Worker|
|BASED AT AMBERLEY MUSEUM Nr ARUNDEL IN WEST SUSSEX.|
The AMBERLEY BODGER.
Member:--- HCA (Heritage craft Association) Member:--- APT (Association of Polelathe Turners & Green wood workers)
Qualified Adult Education Tutor (qualified at Northbrook College, Worthing)
Green woodworking Courses (Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre)
GOOGLE 'The Amberley Bodger'
You will find 'You Tube' items, also on Amazon (Kindle) a booklet produced by the Bodger.
In it he has a bit about himself plus some history on the Bodgers in High Wickham.
Also a pictorial tutorial on the use of polelathe and tools, with a plan for making your own polelathe
Colin next to one of the lathes Main workshop set up in winter mode A few of the items Colin makes
Greenwood Working courses
SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES MAY APPLY (2020)
In recognition of out wonderful NHS friends I am offering a 2 for 1 on all my courses. Provided one of the participamts is a verified NHS employee or registered Carer then for the cost of a single course two may take part. Email me for more clarification.
Note: undated reservations with payment later can be made.
Current programme to facilitate new guidlines in teaching
Posted in Face book
With the new normal clearly going to include social distancing for most things, and in particular teaching.
If will be important to set up to accommodate this system. One, to ensure adherence to the guidelines and two, clearly important, ensure any prospective customers/students are safeguarded and confident.
To this end l shall be redesigning my teaching area in my workshop to accommodate (SafD) safe distancing.
Also if the weather is kind, teaching in the open. Although my workshop (hovel) is largely open to the great outdoors.
This will all be done and available for inspection as soon as l am allowed into the museum to facilitate these important changes.
Will keep you posted on progress via this platform and my facebook 'Amberley Bodger'
Open bookings for payment on date confirmation being taken. Maximum two students at this time.
at Amberley Museum
THE YOUNG AND NOT SO YOUNG
Courses in traditional woodland craft skills. Related to the use of the Pole lathe, Shave horse and Besom broom making. Courses can be tailored to suit the pupils’ needs, age and current skills, with all tools and wood supplied. Experienced tutor/s fully insured. The one day courses mainly conducted at Amberley museum nr Arundel West Sussex. Throughout the year, dates agreed in advance.
Colin is the principal tutor for polelathe Instruction with 20+ years experience
Heritage crafts are important and should be promoted.
People who wish to take a course, or tutors who want to become involved. Colleges, schools, home learning groups or academies, who would like to take tuition from Colin, seek advice or help in setting up their own legacy programme, please contact by email.
Colin can come to you, if local, to teach. He is also available for demonstrating at shows small fee may apply.
POLELATHE COURSES AVAILABLE WITH COLIN
courses run throughout the year, mainly Wednesdays or Sundays
email Colin listing weekend or weekday dates you are free and request a booking form and more information
or purchase on line, more information lower down page,
All courses are run at Amberley (nr Arundel W. Sussex) unless otherwise stated
Applicants must be over 17 for insurance reasons
NOTE: Home Learning groups can apply for special arrangments.
email - Contact - for more information
Daytime only 07710 166804
New, for you to buy now!
Also a plan to make your
THE SIX HOUR FOUNDATION COURSE
a very popular course. Run mainly on Wednesdays and Sundays pre-booked.
All year round
THE TASTER COURSE
a good way to see what the polelathe is capable of
(4 hour session)
Another popular course. Run mainly on Wednesdays and Sundays pre-booked.
All year round
Due to popular demand Colin is running taster courses. This will cover the polelathe only. All wood will be prepared and ready for the lathe in advance, by Colin, so you will be able to get straight on with learning to turn and produce an item by the end of a four hour session.
Course will start at 10am and finish approx 3pm (allowing for a break)
Learn to use a polelathe, turning wood with a roughing out and smoothing chisel
for only £75.00 per head
MAKE A RUSTIC STOOL
Turn the legs on the polelathe, or prepare on the shave horse, the latter popular with persons with some mobility problems
(6 hour session)
round. Dates by arrangement and pre-booked
course covers using the polelathe or shavehorse to make three legs. Then using a
rustic seat construct a stool. Courses run on demand throughout the year.
One day course for £85.00 per person (maximum 2 students) (BUY
MAKE A SHAVE HORSE
MAKE A SHAVE HORSE
Adult size or Child size
Adult size or Child size
A 5 hours (approx) session to make a shave horse. Useful for many
crafts in whch you need to hold a peice of wood firmly whilst working on it.
All material supplied, go home with a working shave horse at end of session
A 5 hours (approx) session to make a shave horse. Useful for many crafts in whch you need to hold a peice of wood firmly whilst working on it. All material supplied, go home with a working shave horse at end of session
5 hr (approx) session
£70.00 per person
hr (approx) session £70.00 per person (BUY NOW)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----------------------------------PURCHASING ON LINE (information) Buy Now
To can email Colin for more information on courses and a booking form 'Contact'
Why not buy a pre paid 'open dated' course, for yourself or as a gift on line now.
Alternatively buy a £25.00 gift voucher, balance of selected course payable when booking/course date confirmed.
Email for more information for on line purchasing
TRADITIONAL CRAFTS INFORMATION
ARCHIVE OF SOME COURSES DELIVERED IN THE PAST BY COLIN
|**Teaching (twin) lathe and the 'Amberley' style shave horses set up on location work|
Colin Wells (Museum polelathe tutor) in the old lower workshop (circa 2006)
The Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre workshop and display area
is situated in the woodyard
Area contains lathes and shave horses plus chopping blocks and turning wood. This area is available for demonstrating most of the year (on public days), plus tuition and producing items for sale. A more traditional (static) area has been created off the 'Woodland Walk' close by.
See details on this and how the 'Glade' bodgers camp was created
Enthusiastic new craftsmen under tuition
Ladies too but sorry no pictures
THE NEW (2010) GREEN WOOD WORKER EXHIBIT IN THE WOOD YARD
|Lathe skills Leo & Phil||Colin in teach mode circa 2009|
|Philip with his Shave horse||Time for more! tea|
|One lathe made||
After one & half days three lathes and three shave horses - well done!
Yours truly standing at the back !! (sorry to spoil the picture lads)
Can you top this? send photos by email for inclusion (not rude ones!!)
|Phil from Cumbria (making toys for Santa?) winter 2010/11|
Bookings now being taken for tuition...
EMAIL ME - Contact - for more information
The old lower workshop when in use
|Pupil Mike chatting to visitors||Turning away with an Amberley team member Wayne|
|Getting down to it||The result and finely crafted 'Spurtle' his very first job, well done!|
Lower workshop in late May
|Peter learning the skills for using the Polelathe||Peter making a Dibber and Spurtle from Ash|
|With certificate at end of a busy day||
Wayne with onlookers explaining how to make 'Fire Sticks'
For details of Wayne's bush craft courses see www.forestknights.co.uk
The old lower workshop ........
.......and main tuition centre has now been superseded by the new green wood area in the woodyard. However it is currently being used by Harry W' to make 'rough hewn' oak furniture. For more information contact the Colin or email your tel number for Harry to call you back
|Workshop area||Shave horse, lathes & general work area||A busy workshop|
Bookings now being taken for tuition... email now Contact
Colin has also run some modules for Brinsbury College.
|Hovel up and ready for use||View from hovel of 'green classroom'|
|Lathes in action||More lathe work (note companion lathe)|
|Fire lighting and knife skills||Job well done -- shave horse made|
|A shave horse under construction||After heavy rain on first day the ground became very muddy|
|Another shave horse, well done||General view of site with all the first week students|
The students had to produce at least three useful items over a four and half days in the 'green classroom' using the pole lathes, shave horses and using various types of knives and other green wood tools. These skills being taught by Colin and Wayne. Despite the short working days (January) they all did very well. They also leant some basic woodland survival techniques and made spoons, courtesy of Wayne (Forest Knights)
|Lathe work||A busy hovel workshop|
|Spoon carving||Shave horse advice from Wayne|
|The two weeks despite, the very wet conditions, were very productive. The students gaining a lot of knowledge about using wood straight from the tree. The items produced had a good quality finish and showed attention to detail and to what they had been taught. Well done to them all.|
|Heads down and hard at work|