Introduction to Blacksmithing

July 2017 

There are two one day opportunities, on Saturday 22 July or Sunday 23, to experience the engaging process of heating steel in a forge fire and hammering it on an anvil into a range of useful and long lasting items with tutor Arian Leljak.  The course is held at Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 7QW  for more information and how to apply visit: www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk or call 01453 759034.

£90 including materials 

Friday Night Comedy in the Workshop

June 2017 

The 3oth June sees the third of our quarterly comedy evenings in the workshop.  Gavin will once again be comparing with comedians Jamie Riordan Deehn-Jack, Jamie D'Souza, Morgna Rees and Richard Jay with Angie Belcher headllining. Comments on Angie from Bertel Martin, Poetry Promoter, Word Of Mouth - “Funny, crude and incredibly charming she wowed what was her home audience. Angie’s encore had the crowd whooping and cheering”
We will have a bar and lots of fun so we hope to see you there. Tickets can be got in advance from Pam 07971737626 or on the door for £5.00

Arrow making day

August 2017 

On Saturday 5th August we will be offering a day making your own arrows - perfect if you have previously made abow with us.  The cost is £80 for the day plus materials. Gavin recommends getting your own arrow stock from either Quicks Archery or Wales Archery. You will need shafts, flights, knocks and piles . Just end me an email if you are interested in coming along - pam@practicalintelligence.org.uk

Friday Night Comedy in the Workshop

March 2017 

The 31st March sees the second of our quarterly comedy evenings in the workshop.  Gavin will once again be comparing with comedians Dorian Wainwright, Louise Leigh, Amy Godfrey, Paul Cook and headlined by Radu Isac. We will have a bar and lots of fun so we hope to see you there. Tickets can be got in advance from Pam 07971737626 or on the door for £5.00

Toolmaking Weekend
February 2017
This new course is run by Rod Nelson and will be held on the 4th and 5th of February for just £95.00 to include all tuition and materials.  You can learn how to shape, bend, harden, polish and finish small tools for making fine wood or lino cuts or for small scale carving purposes. By the end of the course you can take away with you a set of tools which will last you for many years, the knowledge how to make further tools should you wish, plus the ability to sharpen them to perfection using the simplest of materials. Rod has a web site - www.woodblock.eu/ - where you can see some of his work. If you are interested give pam an email or call.

Woodblock Printmaking Weekend

March 2017

This new course is run by Rod Nelson and will be held on the 4th and 5th of March for just £125.00 to include all tuition and materials.  Woodblock printmaking is the oldest method of making prints and yet is an exciting and fully contemporary art form with enormous possibilities. One does not need a studio or expensive equipment to make fine work. In this course you will learn basic priciples of how to make and print from a woodblock. This includes the kinds of tools, paper, inks and blocks that will suit different purposes. We will learn the way to work safely and in a free and purposeful manner and discuss the work of masters to the medium. Great idea for a Christmas present - gift vouchers available. Call or email Pam. See Rods web page for examples of his work - www.woodblock.eu

"Hi Pam absolutely loved it... One of best courses I have done "


Friday Night Comedy in the Workshop

November 2016 

The 25th November sees the first of our quarterly comedy evenings in the workshop. We have visting comedians coming to entertain us with Gavin comparing. We have Marty, Josh Elton, Callum Stewart and Mo Haroon cooming along from as far away as Cardiff, Birmingham and Tweksbury. We will have a liciensed bar and bar snacks to complete the evening. Tickets available for £5 from the workshop or phone to reserve. Hope to see you there.

Stained Glass weekend in the workshop

December 2016 

The weekend will run from 7pm on 2nd - 4th December. The cost will be £180 all in and will include tea breaks and half hour lunch. If you are interestd please contact Johannas Steuck on 01453 756858 or 0780 648 2626 to book a place and for more information.

Stroud Raft Race

October 2016 

In conjunction with Hands on Harps we took to the water this weekend to take part in the reserected Stroud Raft Race - www.stroudraftrace.org - taking place on the newly renovated canal. Creag did a great job in organizing everything and getting everyone together to build the raft on the workshop. All the items used in making the raft were recycled - the barrels coming from a scrap yard and the wood from pallets donated by Ecohaus. It was a wonderful day with the raft having the second fastest time and first as the best designed raft. Morwenna played her harp all the way around the course and the rest of the team joined in with singing. 


Smugglers Trail

July 2016 

This weekend we took craft to the common in Stroud as part of the Smugglers Trail Festival.  We offered opportunities to make silver rings, copper or leather bracletees and green wookwork on a pole lathe. This is something we would like to do more of in the future as we saw yet again the power of craft and the joy people get from making something for themselves. One happy customer wrote afterwards     -      "Dear Pam,  I LOVED making my silver ring at the festival this weekend, I can't stop looking at it and am so proud! Thank you for the opportunity to do that.      Kind regards and thanks again,         Sam "

Summer Newsletter

June 2016 

Open the PDF below and see our latest newsletter. We hope you find it interesting and useful

newsletter_5_Summer_2016_pdf.pdf

Latest funding success

March 2016 

Yesterday we received a letter from Stroud District Council saying we had been successful in a bid for £1,000. This will go towards pluging the gap that exists for young people for whom formal education doesn’t work, and for whom there is very little provision and no government funding.  In their letter of offer they said "The Panel felt this application represented a unique opportunity for young people with special educationa needs who were interested in the programme being delivered, to get involved. They added that the nature of the project was looking to meet a need that was recognised - the requested amount clearly demonstrated excellent walue, against the overall project."

Children's half term Textiles Group

February 2016

Grace is running two days in the half term for 7-12 year olds. The days will be  Tues 16th and Thurs 18th Feb, 9.30am-12.30. They will be held at The Nailsworth Sub Rooms (details on the flyer). The first day will introduce printing and on the second you will make a bag. It will cost £34 for both days and includes materials and refreshment. Feel free to print off the jpeg of the poster and spread the work. For more information call Grace 07872 633956 and see www.facebook.com/creativetextiles

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Knife making on Tuesday evening

January 2016

As you all know we took a break from our Tuesday evening course in September.  But now we are very happy to announce that Arian Leljak is offering a unique chance to make a knife and sheath with him in the workshop on a Tuesday evening 7.30-9.30. The evening is open to 14 years upwards and will cost £10 a session plus £14 for materials.  We would ask for half a terms payment at a time - next half term is five weeks long so just £50.00. This could make an ideal Christmas present for any adventurous person in your life. Call Arian on 07805 304204 or

arianleljak(_AT_)gmail.com
for more information or to book onto the course.  First session is 12th January 2016.

Children's Creative Textile Group

January 2016

Come along and learn about - Stitch, Print, Repeat Pattern, Applique, Felting & much more! This new session is being run by Grace de Berker on Mondays 3.35-5.30 and is aimed at 8-18 year olds. It will cost £11 which includes basic materials. For more information call Grace 07872 633956 and see www.facebook.com/creativetextiles

    

Children's_Creative_Textiles_Flyer.pdf

Alex's Amazing Eagle

December 2015

Over the past two years or so Alex has been coming along to the workshop joining us on a Monday afternoon and sometimes a Tuesday. He started helping us in the Production Workshop and more recently has been working on his own projects.  This eagle - made out of cherry -  is so wonderful I wanted to share it with everyone. He is planning to show it in the Art in Nature exhibition in Twigworth in the New Year.  Well done Alex.

Blacksmithing Workshop

November 2015

On Sunday 29th November Arian Leljak is running a one day course in the Hay Barn at Hawkwood, Stroud. The hours are 9am-4pm and the cost is £70 to include tuition and materials.  You will be able to complete one or more items to take home and it is an excellent opportuity to make Christmas presents.  Anyone over 16 is welcome but if you are over 10 you can come along accompanied by an adult. If you are interested in attending or want more details please contact Arian on 07805 304204 or arianleljak@gmail.com. See attached pdf for poster with information.

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Chrismas Fairs

November 2015

We will be selling our lovely wooden items, made in the Production Workshop, at three fairs this Christmas. The first is at Paradise House, Painswick, Gloucestershire, GL6 6TNP on 20th November and the second at Wynstones School, Waddon, Gloucestershire GL4 0UF on 28th November.  And as a last minute decision  Ruskin Mill on 6th December. It would be lovely to see you there. If you can't make it to a fair but would like something from us you can always pop into the workshop and see if we have anything left. UPDATE ON FAIRS - we made just under £700 at the fairs over the past few weeks.  A great amount to put towards the running of the Production Workshop making it possible for those who cannot pay.  Thank you to everyone who bought our products and supported us.

Longbow making weekends

October 2015

We have  two new dates next year when you can make your own longbow in the workshop over a weekend - January 29-31 (now full) and March 4-6. If you interested in joining us just send an email to Pam and we will add you to the list. All we ask is a £55 deposit to secure the place. See the bow making page for more details. These weekends make an excellent Christmas present for which which we can give a voucher.  See attached pdf of the poster.

Bow_courses_Jan_and_March_2016_poster_pdf.pdf

Service Station Order

September 2015

Last week Pam and Gavin delivered our second order to the service station on the M5.  It is so good to have established this as a regular outlet for our items.  We will also be selling at local Christmas fairs - probably Wynstones and The Acorn School's - or you are welcome to pop into the workshop and see what we have.

Waitrose Fundraising
September 2015

On a fine Thursday evening, Pam and Gavin went along to Waitrose in Stroud to be presented with the £380 raised through their charity tokens back in February.  Thank you all for the support - it was not only the largest amount raised in our month, but out of all the cheques presented during the evening.  This money will go towards supporting people to come along to the Production Workshop.

Waitrose Fundraising
February 2015

We are delighted that we have been chosen as one of  the charities to be supported by the green token system at Waitrose in Stroud. So if you doing any shopping in Stroud this month and find yourself in Waitrose we hope you will support us.  We will let you know how much we get and what we will be spending it on as soon as we get it.

Summer Newsletter
June 2015

Open the PDF below to see the latest copy of our newletter. We hope you find it interesting and feel free to contact us with any items you think would be interesting for the Autumn edition.

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Upholstery classes
April 2014 

We are delighted to add three opportunities to attend an Upholstery classe to our workshops.  They are lead by Padraic O'Riain who has many years experience in the world of upholsery as well as working with people.  The classes run on a Thursday afternoon 2-4 and on Thursday and Friday evening 6-8.  The sessions cost £10 a week plus materials and we ask for half a terms payment at a time.  You can join a class at any time, all we ask is that you only work on small items and are able to take them away at the end of each class, as we have no storage.  Please call Pam if you are interested in joining a class.

Scouts make silver rings
26 April 2014 

Scouts from 1st Nailsworth & Forest Green Scout Group group joined us in the workshop on a Saturday morning for a silver work session. They learnt the processes of soldering, filing and polishing, and all left proudly wearing their silver rings.

Window unveiled
February 2014

The new stained glass window made by a Johannas and four apprentices was unveiled at Nailsworth Subscription Rooms on Friday 7 February. During the past 16 months, Johannes  has coached his team of three volunteers and one student through the entire creative stained-glass process, from design inception to installation. “My passion for stained glass was nurtured by local artist Edward Payne, who gave me the benefit of his knowledge because I was keen to learn,” said Johannes.  “It gives me great pleasure to play my part in keeping this passion alive. In working together on this project, the apprentices developed a wealth of new skills and formed part of a committed team with a common goal. To have the satisfaction of seeing the finished work in situ, where it can be seen by all who pass by, will definitely make them proud.”
The 7ft tall window will now welcome visitors to the ground floor of the Bath Road building, which is managed by Nailsworth Youth Community Enterprise (NYCE) and is home to Nailsworth Community Workshop. It represents the creativity and fine traditional craftsmanship that the organisation fosters amongst more than 80 people who attend its workshop sessions each week. The solid oak frame supporting the window was also made in the Workshop by one of the stained-glass apprentices with tutor Phil Walters.  Cirencester businessman Ian Carling and Crown Aluminium of Stroud helped fund the project. 

Mosaic Workshop
February 2014

We are offering a new opportunity that we haven't had before. Johannas Steuck is starting workshops in mosaics. You can either work on your own project or we are adding it to our Production Workshop opportunities making beautiful table tops similar to the photograph. As usual phone Pam if you are interested in joining on either a Tuesday or Friday afternoon 2–4, 07971 737626.

Bench 'opening'
18 December 2013

The memorial bench - made by the Men's Shed - has reached its final resting place outside the Subscription Rooms. We had a lovely morning joined by Arthurs Humphries sister Maureen - who cut the ribbon - the present and past mayors of Nailsworth and many previous members of the Boys Club as well as members of NYCE committee. The photo shows Phil and Martin, who were amoung the team who centered and made the bench, Maureen and Jeff Green who worked with Aurthur and initiated the idea of the bench.

Partnership with Sir William Romney
July 2013

This year we have made a bench with the boys which has been installed in the school as a leaving present from them. It has been a delight to have worked with the boys and to have seen them rise to the challenge. They completed a beautiful bench and have left feeling good about themselves and what they have achieved. We would welcome the opportunity of working with other school groups.

Games at the farmers market
May 2013

Our latest addition to the Farmers Market stall is some games hand made in the Men's Shed. A great example of our community support. We still sell kitchen utensils, candle holders and boot racks made by young people attending our workshops from off cuts of wood and baskets direct from Mundee in Zimbabwe. The market is held on the last Saturday of the month. Do drop by and meet us and hear about what we do. And thank you to those who supported us.