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Connecting people with craft



Archipelago Folkschool is a collaborative social enterprise that connects people with craft. We run short courses in beautiful places as well as getting involved in all sorts of things.

Our 2019 season is well and truely underway with just a few sold out courses left to run. BUT we’re busy putting together our calendar for 2020 and we’re excited that our first course is now available to book and it’s something different again - we’re bringing the amazing Neon Workshop up from Wakefield to offer two one day courses in neon bending in Glasgow for more info click here!

If you’d like to be first to know about our next round of courses then sign up to our Newsletter today! We’ll have more kayak building, blacksmithing and boat building but look out for toboggan building, open canoes.

If you want to chat to us about whether one of our courses is right for you please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Start the year with Craft

Weekend Courses




We’ll be back with a new calendar of courses really soon. We’ll be running some classics, improving some things from 2019 and bringing some totally new crafts into the scheme! Please sign up to our newsletter to be first to hear about anything we’re doing!


2020 Courses- dates to be confirmed

  • Toboggan Building

  • 1/2 Model Making

  • Signwriting and Letter Carving

  • Neon Bending - 8th or 9th February

  • Paddle Making


Boatbuilding and Blacksmithing residential courses

Week Long Courses

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Week long Courses

//Please note all of our courses for 2019 are now sold out if you want to hear about courses for next year please sign up to our newsletter//

This is the heart of what we do. Week long craft based adventures around Scotland. We're offering range of different courses with different levels of luxury and technical skills. All of these weeks are social and friendly, we work and eat together for a week and many make life long friends over the time.

At the heart of our work is crafting and building wooden boats - we work with mixed techniques to produce boats that echo traditions yet function well in the modern world. This year we’re also branching out to the craft of blacksmithing with a wonderful week in Argyll.

Accommodation varies depending on location - at Drumsyniebeg we stay in the farm house, at Ardtun we are camping, on Iona we're in the hostel, on Scoraig we are hosted by local people. The prices reflect the level of luxury! All of our locations are carefully chosen, they are all beautiful unique spaces where the environment is part of the week.

For more information about our courses please click the course that interests you on the right. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

It’s been the most amazing experience, one of the best things I’ve ever done in my whole life
— Attendee - May 2018
I really enjoyed the whole experience. There was an excellent mix of practical work and social time. The sense of achievement as the week progressed was amazing!
— Attendee - July 2018