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HALF MODEL MAKING

GALGAEL GLASGOW

26TH AND 27TH JANUARY

£175

Sold Out - let us know if you’d like us to let you know about future dates

In traditional boatbuilding, the half model was often the starting point for the design of a boat. Shaped out of a solid block by hand and eye, the hull would be created intuitively. For us it’s a great way to learn how to read boat plans and how to use hand tools to turn 2D into 3D. We will be working with drawknifes, block planes, spokeshaves and chisels to create the complex curves of the hull of a boat. Everyone will leave with a beautiful model boat of their very own.

In some cases we can accommodate you to make a model of your own boat. If you would like to discuss this, please get in touch before booking.

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LETTER CARVING AND GILDING

GALGAEL GLASGOW

9TH AND 10TH FEBRUARY

£200

Letter carving is a joyful way to spend time, and a great skill to acquire. Over a weekend we will learn a range of techniques, and everyone will get a chance to carve a name plate for their house, bedroom or office door.

We start the Saturday with basic chisel work - if you’ve done woodwork before this might be a refresher, if you’re a total novice that it’s a good place to start! We’ll then work through the process of laying out and carving a letter “R”, a letter that includes every element you’ll come across in carving. We’ll finish the first day by looking at letterforms more generally, some history and aiming to gain an understanding of shape, form, spacing and weight.

First thing Sunday morning you’ll be laying out your own sign - we recommend not going for anything too long but you can choose a style and form that suits you, be it for front door or your own boat! Most of the day will be working on this carving, gaining confidence with your chisels and enjoying the process. At the end of the day resident expert in gilding and finishing techniques will teach everyone how to apply gold leaf to their work.

Your course fee includes all materials and tools necessary to make a sign to take home. Plus a tasty lunch on both days!

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OAR MAKING

GALGAEL GLASGOW

23RD AND 24TH FEBRUARY

£250

SOLD OUT - CONTACT US IF YOU’D LIKE US TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT FUTURE DATES.

Oar making is a fine and subtle art; part sculpture, part science- making something strong yet lightweight. We will talk about how to size an oar properly and how to select timber, before moving on to make an oar each, using hand tools from drawknifes and spokeshaves to handplanes.

If you would like to make oars for a specific boat, we can help to make sure they are the right size. We can also provide timber for participants to make a matching oar at home after the course.

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Land Marks

DRUMSYNIEBEG FARM

CHANGING DATE! To fit around a few unforeseen things we’ve had to shift this wonderful week back till the autumn. New date to be confirmed soon. If you want to find out the next date please sign up to our newsletter

£300

I have walked out of the body and into the mountain.” Nan Shepherd 

Join visual artists Kim Rebecca and Hana Wilde for an immersive weekend of artistic exploration, inspired by Nan Shepherd’s book The Living Mountain.

Over the weekend, Kim and Hana will lead indoor and outdoor activities to take us ‘into’ the landscape. Through sculpture, mark-making and printmaking, we will discover the potential in natural materials, colours, tools and processes.

Through mini workshops, Kim and Hana will introduce a range of techniques to observe and record our environment. Activities will include exploration through walking and meditation, collective art-making, map-making and more. Our shared space will become a hub for discussion, drawing, and reading, with tuition and support on hand as required.

No prior artistic experience is required to attend the course. The weekend will provide a supportive environment in which to play, create, and explore, individually and collectively.

ACCOMMODATION AND CATERING

The course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Drumsyniebeg Farm, hidden in the Argyll hills. With a sauna, open living space and shared kitchen, the farm is the perfect setting to explore your own creativity. Home cooked meals will be provided,

The course fee includes all food, accommodation and drawing materials. We will ask everyone to assist us with one cooking and one washing-up session. We can provide transport from the Rest and Be Thankful car park (easily accessible by coach) to Drumsyniebeg Farm.

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A CLASSICAL APPROACH TO WOOD CARVING

GALGAEL GLASGOW

23RD AND 24TH MARCH - £200

A different approach to life drawing. Over a weekend in Glasgow, Cathy Weir will host an introduction to life drawing followed by a workshop in traditional relief carving where we will translate our drawn studies of the nude form into flat carved wooden tiles.

We start the Saturday morning with a session of life drawing in a warm and supported atmosphere. No need to worry if you’ve never drawn before, this is just about learning to look and understand form. After that we’ll head into the workshop for a beginning session on chisels (don’t worry if you’ve not done this before either!). You’ll then have an afternoon to practice your skills and get a sense of what you’d like to achieve before finishing the day with a second life drawing session.

On Sunday we start on the benches right away, laying out and creating a composition with advice from Catherine before spending the day working away on these to create new works of art!

The workshop assumes no skills what so ever, so if you’re a total beginner to all of this we’ll look after you! We provide all materials, tools and tuition you’ll need to gain confidence in drawing, woodwork and composition. We also provide a tasty lunch both days.

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Spoon Carving

DRUMSYNIEBEG FARM

10TH TO 12TH MAY -  £200

A joyful weekend at Drumsyniebeg as Anna Wynne teaches the craft of spoon carving. Working with axes and knives, the weekend will take you through basic to more complex techniques to whittle your own set of beautiful wooden cutlery to take home and use in the kitchen. Spoon carving is a wonderful way to learn the fundamentals of woodwork.

The weekend is residential and the fee includes all accommodation and food for duration. Participants can arrive anytime on Friday afternoon or evening before the whole group shares a meal on Friday night. First thing Saturday morning everyone will be setting up to start learning the basics of timber, axe work and knife skills.

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