Workshops: Green Crafts, Arts & Writing

Buddhafield Festival 2018 | That’s All Folks!

Detail of a kneeling man knitting wool.

Knitting | Image © Mim Saxl Photography 2012

Green Crafts

Crafts at Buddhafield have their own area for the first time. Find them in the Village Green (and scattered through Land and Social Change) Come and talk to our expert craftspeople, get hands-on and learn a new skill or just watch others at work.

We’re delighted to say that we’ve confirmed the following worskhops so far this year.

Workshop Pitches

Em Fountain Felts Felting Workshops for ages 11 + making all kinds of stuff from wool; have a stab at needle felting and make yourself some ears or horns, a creature or picture to take away with you. No experience necessary. Prices range from £3 to £20 for larger projects.

Angel Gardens Make bath bombs and balms.

Driftwood Get creative using natural materials from woodland and shore.

Golden Lotus Archery Crafting a traditional English Longbow.

Wyldwood Willow Expert willow weaving workshops.

A Pretty Penny Coin Cutting Workshop (can be found in the kids area).

Tools For Self Reliance Cymru TFSR Cymru(Wales) aims to improve the lives of African artisans & families by providing them with quality refurbished recycled hand tools and training. We collect old and unwanted hand tools and sewing machines from all over the UK. We clean, repair and sharpen them and send tool kits and sewing machines to grass roots community groups in several African countries. Come and learn care and maintenance of sewing machines and make some bunting. All funds raised go directly to the charity. www.tfsrcymru.org.uk.

Ancient Celtic Shoe Making Learn how to make "Gillies" the light and foot friendly shoes of the ancient Celts, As worn by Boudica, Brave Heart and the Highlander. It will be an empowering experience. The work shop will be free. Donations welcome. Natural materials will be on sale at cost price if you would like to use them. But they are not integral to the work shop.

Waynes Woods Spoon carving workshops.

Oak Clan Forge Journey back to the iron-age with Blacksmith Simon Summers. Hand crafts your own tools and pendants and use the technique of ‘repousse’ to create Celtic copper bangles and sacred offerings.

Free Workshops

We have a diverse programme of workshops running in the Craft Office for the duration of the festival which are free to participants. Check the board outside the information tent for our daily schedule.

Workshops will include,

  • Willow flower garlands
  • Upcycling scraps to make twine
  • Pinch pottery
  • Guitar set-up and basic maintenance with master luthier Con Rendell

Plus more to be announced so keep your eyes on the info board!

Demonstrations by West Coast Makers A group of talented crafts people from the west coast of Wales, demonstrating and combining a number of traditional techniques and craft skills. These include greenwood working methods, pole-lathing and textile weaving.

Contributing: Workshop Leaders

Interested in offering a workshop? The Workshops Co-ordinator starts taking proposals from January 1 2018 until March 1 2018.