Workshops

To check availability and to book please email info@ontarioruralskillsnetwork.com

Discounts:

15% for members of Mount Wolfe Farm CSA

All workshops are held at Mount Wolfe Farm unless otherwise stated

Introduction to Blacksmithing

At this workshop we will explore the basics of blacksmith work including setting up a basic outdoor forge and fashioning basic metal items.

 

Our trainer is Robb Martin of Thak Ironworks in Elora. Robb began his career in blacksmithing in 1987 and began in 1989 what is now called Thak Ironworks Inc. With an interest in blacksmithing, medieval armour and sculpture, Robb (or Thak as he is sometimes known) combined these three disciplines into his business early on. These influences have developed into a very distinctive style of metalwork. Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, and sometimes futuristic and fantastical or a combination of all the above. Thak creates high quality forgework which blurs the line between utility and art. “Functional Sculpture”. Robb enjoys designing and creating a wide array of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for clients worldwide.

The cost of this course is subsidised by an SSHRC Grant for the University of Waterloo's HOL Project "Train the Trainer" programme. Priority will be given to attendees looking to develop their own skills teaching portfolio.

Cost per person $100
Workshop Dates 2019:
Saturday November 30th November
9:30am-4pm.
 
Lunch & Refreshments Provided 
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Sweet Grass Basket Weaving

Join Barbara Guy Long for a day of traditional basket making.

"I have an artistic sensibility tied to nature, and love working with my hands. I am a multi-media artist, and my first love is working with natural materials.In thirty years I have worked with willow and cedar, building structures in the landscape. The Mi’kmaq introduced me to basket making methods out of Ash and to Sweetgrass as a material for ceremony.I took a small workshop in the coil method of basket making and it has become my current passion.The tradition of sweet grass basket making is largely a lost art; I have been working with sweetgrass for a few years and find that the smell and feel of it in my hands is wonderful."

-Barbara

 

Lunch and  refreshments will be provided

Workshop Dates:
Sunday November17th 2019 10-2pm 
More dates TBC
Cost per person $60

Tool Sharpening Workshop

We will provide basic conceptual information and demonstration of several methods as well as an opportunity to try out sharpening and grinding operations with the ability to obtain  advice and assitance while doing so. Participants are welcome to bring items they would like to try sharpening. A knife or axe would make a good starting project.

 

Some references for further information will be provided.

 

Your instructor will be Garrick Filewod, a local craftsman with years of experience.

Cost per person $50
Workshop Dates 2019:
Sunday 24th November
10:00 am-2pm
 
Lunch & Refreshments Provided
 

Hedgelaying

On this one-day workshop you will learn the basics of hedgerow management and learn how to lay a hedge in the Midland (Bullock) style. Using hand tools- axe, billhook and bow-saw, you will learn to pleach a hedgerow shrub, build the hedge and strengthen it with stakes and binding.

We will be working on a hedgerow on the Gore Road in Caledon composed almost of entirely of buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), which although an introduced species in Ontario, is often the only hedgerow-forming shrub locally. It is also very similar to the hawthorn (Crataegus species) which comprises the bulk of many 'traditionally managed' hedgerows in Europe.

Cost per person $50
Workshop Dates 2019:
Saturday 23rd November
Sunday 8th December
All workshops 9:30am-4pm. Lunch & Refreshments Provided
 

Spoon Carving (Introduction to Green Woodworking)

Learn the basics of green woodworking by creating your own spoon. We will learn the basics of sourcing and selecting wood, tools and sharpening techniques and basic cutting techniques to develop your own spoon making practice. All tools and refreshments provided.

Winter Venue: Poppa's Workshop, Mount Wolfe Farm

Summer Venue: The Witches' Forest, Mount wolfe Farm

Cost per person $50
Workshop Dates 2019:
All workshops 10am-3pm. Lunch & Refreshments Provided
Saturday 2nd November
Saturday 7th December
Sunday 12th January
More TBC
Attendance required for the MWF Spoon Carving Club