Think you'd enjoy working with wood but unsure where to start? Learn the fundamentals and get to grips with everyday tools and DIY in our empowering pay-what-you-can woodworking sessions that run from 9.45am-4.30pm, ideal for beginners or those practicing their skills. Through the day you will be guided on a small box project, such as a storage box, crate, small planter or tray. We also run 'pallet to planter' editions, focused on building a planter from pallet wood with relevant growing advice from a skilled grower. These workshops are for anyone who identifies as a woman or other marginalised gender (trans and non-binary inclusive!)
What does the day entail?
With supportive guidance you will learn the entire process of designing and constructing your box, learning how to use everyday hand and power tools and grow confidence in building/DIY fundamentals. The aim of the day is not to leave with a perfect faultless product, but to have built up your confidence, skill sets and knowledge at your own pace. You will be welcomed to an open and compassionate environment that will help you build that groundwork and feel more confident using tools at home!
Our 'Pallet To Planter' workshops are the same structure, but curated specifically for planter boxes! You will receive advice on how to grow your own plants and have the opportunity to ask questions to the tutor who is experienced in growing.
No experience necessary - this is a place to start from scratch or build upon a growing set of skills.
A basic communal GF and vegan lunch of rice and lentils will be prepared, but please bring your own snacks for throughout the day! Additionally, we have an open request to bring a vegetable to add to the communal lunch if you would like to do so :) Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions when you book.
How does the pay-what-you-can work?
We are running these workshops on a pay-what-you-can basis so that regardless of income workshops are available and inclusive to anyone. We'll leave it in your hands as to how much you're able to contribute but we've come up with some guide prices based on the cost of materials, facilitator time and refreshments. Unemployed £5-£10 // Low-income and students £15-25 // Standard £30-£40 // Pay it forward (give a little extra to help pay for someone else's session) £50+. We will give you details for online payment on the day.
Our service is not free to run and we will rely on a community centred
and conscious mindset from those participating to contribute fairly.
We feel really strongly that our workshops are for everyone and your financial situation should not be a barrier to building skills and feeling empowered so please get in touch if you're unable to contribute at this time. Bursary places are available for all sessions.
- Please arrive at the workshop at 9.45am ready for your induction.
- Covid Precautions: Please do not attend if you have any symptoms or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19. We have shared ear defenders sand safety glasses but if you'd like to avoid sharing these items please bring your own.
- Currently, these sessions are for participants age 18 or over but we welcome minors 15 - 17 when accompanied by a parent/guardian. If you're interested in youth sessions keep your eyes peeled as these sessions will be developed in the near future.
- Please make sure your calendar is free if you book a space - we understand cancellations can be inevitable for many personal reasons (ideally give us as much warning as possible to share on the opportunity), but please try to avoid double-booking yourself or booking before you're sure.
How to get here and travel considerations
You’ll come off the A283 and come down a thin gravel track. Our yard is the first right, and you will see our barn.
Unfortunately public transport access to the countryside is pretty abysmal, despite the workshop being very close to many towns and the city. At the moment we can't offer any guaranteed lifts or pick ups to the workshop - please email us well in advance if you need a nearby bus-stop pick up. Please see HERE for a few researched public transport options.
"I loved the progression and process of taking apart a pallet and creating a different object. The emphasis was on using a free resource and regenerating it into something new. The pace was very relaxed allowing for discussion and questions. The teaching was respectful, detailed and totally practical which I really enjoyed. I use the word 'respectful' as the workshop was deliberately not oversubscribed because the facilitators were keen to foster a safe and intimate space in the workshop to enable the participants to get the focus and attention they needed. I felt totally catered for and would definitely recommend this experience to anyone."
"Every part of it was interesting, relevant, useful and excellently delivered!
I found Georjie's approach was fantastic for supporting me to feel welcome, comfortable, able to ask questions, try/explore tools and techniques that were new to me - and generally to learn. Her approach shows clearly her knowledge and skills she's learned, whilst also she seems to remember how it is to be brand new to something, and explains everything very well."
"The perfect balance of instruction, opportunity to try without being too closely watched, and an offer of support at just the right time (before I lost confidence). Very natural, intuitive and supportive teaching."