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Turn over a new leaf and discover ancient crafts in Lincs wood

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Julien Cole

A chance to make a magic carpet (or at least a rug!), turn your hand to green woodworking and weave a willow masterpiece are just some of the exciting hands-on activities on offer in Chambers Farm Wood this year.

The Forestry Commission has recruited some of the region’s top experts to pass on the secrets of their craft and take part in day-long workshops in the 360 hectare (900 acre) Lincolnshire beauty spot, near Wragby.

Cilla Cameron has been rug making for over 15 years and has exhibited widely in the UK, USA and Australia.  Now she will journey into the woods from her studio near Newark and show novices how to transform scraps of material into a stylish rug or wall hanging on Sunday 10 April.

Bodger Julien Cole, from Osgodby, will introduce people to the ultimate stress busting activity – green woodworking.  Once a traditional pole lathe was the way many everyday objects were made, from chair legs to tools.  Now he'll revive the old technology and show people how to turn a block of wood into spoons, rolling pins and even a baseball bat. The event takes place on Sunday 6 March.

Then on Sunday 9 April Susi Mulligan, from Asterby, near Louth, will share her passion for willow sculpture, offering an insight into the age-old craft and inviting folk to make an obelisk for their garden. 

Mary Porter, Forestry Commission Education Ranger, explained:

“Old crafts and skills are alive and kicking and these workshops will offer a wonderful chance for beginners to try something new in spectacular surroundings.”

Places are limited and booking is required on 01526 399943, or by emailiing  The venue is the Chambers Farm Wood Centre, off the B1206 Wragby to Bardney road, and prices are £50 (rug making), £35 (willow weaving) and £30 (green woodworking).  All materials will be provided.

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