Workshops

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

Discounts:

Discounts available for members of CSA at workshops held at Mount Wolfe Farm

All workshops are held at Mount Wolfe Farm unless otherwise stated

 

Spoon Carving (Introduction to Green Woodworking)

Learn the basics of green woodworking by creating your own spoon, spatula or butter knife.

You will learn the basics of carving using hand tools working from a pre-made blank, to begin your own your own spoon carving practice.  We will cover:

>sourcing and selecting wood

>splitting wood and axe work (demo only)

>slojd and hook knives technique

>basic sharpening tools and techniques

The aim is to give you lots of practice in a safe and relaxed environment! 

All tools and lunch/refreshments provided.

Winter Venue: White Birch Day Centre, Palgrave

Summer Venue: Skills Circle in The Witches' Forest, Mount Wolfe Farm

Workshop Dates

Saturday 10th September 

Saturday 29th October    

Sunday 13th November   

Saturday 28th January 2023

Saturday 25th February 2023

Ongoing...

All workshops10-3pm

Your Instructor

Jim Jones (aka @TheHedgieJim) is the founder of ORSN and has been carving spoons (in between hedgelaying, scything, basket-weaving and other skills) since 2018.

Cost per person $70
Attendance required for the MWF Spoon Carving Club
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Introduction and Intermediate Blacksmithing

At these workshops we will explore the basics of blacksmith work including setting up a basic outdoor forge and working with steel. 

The forge at Mount Wolfe Farm was set up with the aid of Thak Ironworks and funding from the University of Waterloo via the Hedgelaying in the ONtario Landsacpe Project in 2019. Its a basic drum brake forge with an electric fan, an anvil, and leg vice set in the open beneath a canopy. The blacksmith workshops at Mount Wolfe Farm are aimed at supporting the learning of farm-adjacent skills and local land-based livelihoods, together with an appreciation and wise use of the natural world.

In the introductory course you will use your new skills to fashion a bottle opener  or other basic but useful item!

In the intermediate course you will work together building on your skills by making a fire poker

Your Instructor

Our trainer will be local Blacksmith Steve Cornelson of Bad Llama Forge (@Bad_Llama_Forge)

Steve has been forging since his high school days. Having sought to compete in SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) armoured combat he found himself scrounging any information he could for processes and methods for armouring. In the time of a bare bones / pre YouTube internet.

He quickly found that making and repairing armour held far more satisfaction to him than using it.

 

To further his shops capabilities he sought methods to expand his tool set, rather than spend his meager teenagers earnings on very expensive niche tooling; Steve adopted the "need a tool, make a tool" philosophy, which inevitably led him down the ever more satisfying path of blacksmithing.

 

Steve took an 11 year hiatus to travel and teach English to medical students in China.

 

Now, having returned in 2017: Steve continues to produce tooling but also produces axes and knives. He also has a line of hand forged smoking pipes.

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Cost per person $90/ $105
Workshop Dates 2022:

Introduction
Saturday September 10th
Saturday October 8th

Intermediate
Saturday 24th September
Saturday 29th October

10am-4pm. 
 

Previous workshops with Thak Ironworks

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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

Workshop Dates:

November 6th 2022 10:30-4:00
Location: The White Birch Centre, 17090 Regional Road 50, Palgrave, ON, L7E 0L2
Cost per person $75.00

Hedgelaying

On this two--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 also cover the theory and history of hedgelaying and the integration of 'managed' hedgerows into your farm or other land-based system.

We will be working on a short section of mainly ash hedgerow at Wilde On Turtle Island  in Warwick, Ontario by kind permission of the owners.

NB: This workshop is subject to weather conditions. A full refund will be available should we need to cancel because of poor weather (persistent rain or snow). In this event the workshop will be rescheduled to a spring date.

Cost per person: $175 (2 days) 
Workshop Dates 2022:

5-6th November 2022 10-4pm
Location: Wilde On Turtle Island, Warwick, Ontario
Camping available on site; meals and refreshments provided


 
 

Scything

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Cancelled

Previous Events

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Sharpening & Improver Spoon Carving

Sharp tools are essential for carving, but its often one of the skills beginners find it hardest to get right. In this workshop you will learn why we want very sharp tools, what sharpening is, what we are aiming for (edge geometry), sharpening options and technique.

In the afternoon, we will work on improving your carving. You may want to send us details of any problems you are having we can explore together in this session.

This workshop is aimed at those who have taken the beginners workshop or who already have their own carving practice.

Your teacher will be Fuzz (Instagram @fuzzandmaz) with support from HedgieJim. Fuzz is an accomplished spooncarver and he led our last Introduction to Spooncarving Workshop in November 2021.

Cost per person 
Workshop Dates:

Coming Soon

Location: The White Birch Centre, 17090 Regional Road 50, Palgrave, ON, L7E 0L2