Crafty plan to bring ancient skills back to modern Lincs

Julien Cole, who will be showing people ancient green wood working skills in Chambers Farm Wood.
Julien Cole, who will be showing people ancient green wood working skills in Chambers Farm Wood.
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THE Forestry Commission has come up with a crafty plan to introduce more Lincolnshire people to two ancient country skills.

Beginners’ workshops are being staged on wood working and willow weaving in the 360 hectare Chambers Farm Wood, near Wragby.

On April 22 Osgodby bodger Julien Cole is inviting people to try a traditional pole lathe and make items such as spoons and rolling pins.

Julien became a rustic craftsman after watching a green wood working demonstration at a country fair.

He now wants to inspire others to discover the delights of working with timber.

Alison Walling’s willow creations are also inspired by a love of nature.

The award winning Lincoln-based artist will show people how to make a garden obelisk and trellis on May 5.

The former arts teacher is keen to see many willow varieties once grown in Lincolnshire replanted, both as material to work with and also to create habitats for wildlife.

Forestry Commission ranger Hannah Darcel said: “We are really fortunate to have so many gifted craftspeople in Lincolnshire keeping old skills alive.

“There are few thing more satisfying than working with a natural material and using techniques passed down through the ages.”

Places for both events are limited and booking is required.

Call 01623 822447 or e-mail hannah.darcel@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Tickets cost £45 and include all materials and a barbecue lunch.

The events will be held at Chambers Farm Wood Centre, off the B1206 Wragby to Bardney road.

Pictured right is Julien Cole, who will be showing people ancient green wood working skills in Chambers Farm Wood.