David is a greenwood worker based in North Essex, who after years of exploring sustainable design processes and materials discovered working in greenwood, this being unseasoned wood. Although he still works with a range of materials and techniques, working with this beautiful sustainable material has become his passion.
In this 2-part workshop, you will learn some basic skills of greenwood working and make at least 5 unique wooden Christmas decorations and then adorn them with kolrosing which is an old Scandinavian art form, dating back to Viking times. Similar to scrimshaw (the handiwork created by whalers using bone, whale teeth or ivory), Kolrosing is done on wood. It is made by making fine cuts with a knife, then rubbing a finely ground powder, like coffee or cinnamon into the cuts to reveal the pattern. You can either treasure these yourself for years to come or you could give them as gifts to your loved ones.
All materials and tools are provided and you don’t need any previous experience or knowledge of woodwork.
£65 per person includes all materials and use of the tools that you need plus tea and coffee. This workshop runs over 2 sessions one week apart (to allow the wood to dry) for approx. 2.5 hours each session. On 28 November (9.30am to 12 noon) you will be making the decorations and on 5 December (3pm to 5.30pm) you will be Kolrosing them.
We have ample free parking on-site and disabled access. Pre-booking is essential due to the popularity of our workshops.