Crafts in the woods

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LESSONS in how to smelt bronze and cast axe heads are among a series of craft courses running in Ecclesall Woods from next month.

The courses are happening in the JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre from March 2, when participants will be taught how to cast their own brooches.

Organisers promise the opportunity to reconstruct some of the earliest processes used by humans to win metal from the earth.

People will learn how to master techniques using the bellows and furnace, and how to manage crucibles and hot metal.

Tips on how to make frame baskets are also on offer in later courses, as well as a class giving people the chance to create walking sticks.

Youngsters can learn the art of wood carving on April 7, while on July 27 visitors will be able to make a rustic jointed stool using green ash and hazel.

There is a dedicated outside covered craft area for the various woodworking courses whilst the basket craft courses are based indoors in the centre’s Sycamore Suite.

Courses are currently listed up until July, with building log stores and learning how to steam-bend wood planned for the latter half of the year.

All of the classes are run in small groups and managed by specialist craft and woodworking experts.

Places are limited, so booking early is advised.

Visit www.ecclesallwoodscraftcourses.co.uk for more information or call 0114 235 6348.