Work with a Wood Artist to Make a Green Oak Bench
Would you like to make a fabulous piece of outdoor art? Cleaving a giant oak by hand and wielding tools used by Viking boatbuilders?
The Sharpham Trust is looking for a select bunch of would-be woodworkers to join a project to make a dramatic piece of natural art & design that will feature on the beautiful Sharpham Estate.
Artist and furniture-maker Peter Lanyon will be working with up to 8 volunteers for 7 days in March and April 2017 to create a green (unseasoned) oak bench on the Carriage Drive – the foot and cycle path that runs from Totnes to Sharpham.
“This will create an outstanding piece of art that can be used by visitors to the Sharpham Estate,” said Maya Herbolzheimer, Volunteer & Engagement Officer at the Trust.
“Sitters on the bench will be able to see wonderful views down the River Dart valley, and it will create a contemplative resting-spot on the Carriage Drive,” she added. The project is part of Discovering Sharpham – a two-year Heritage Lottery Funded project to improve access to Sharpham Estate. The project also encompasses the Trust’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence scheme.
Volunteers will work outside on the Estate with traditional wood-working tools under the expert tuition of Peter.
“We’ll be using techniques similar to the Viking longboat builders,” said Peter. “Volunteers will cleave a giant oak by hand using simple tools: froes, beetles (giant wooden sledgehammers) gluts (wooden wedges), wedges and axes.”
Each day will run from 10am to 4pm, and the Trust will provide refreshments and a lunch.
Volunteers must be over 16 and a reasonable level of fitness and strength is required for this project, particularly for the first two days. Please wear sensible clothes and sturdy footwear for working outdoors.
At the end of the 7 days the group will help install the bench, and there will be a celebration at the end of the project.
The days are:
Thursday 2 & Fridays 3, 10, 17 & 24 March, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April
Places will be allocated on a first-come-first serve basis, and the Trust will give priority to volunteers who can commit to most or all of the sessions.
Peter’s work brings together the skills, tools and technology of the fine furniture maker and fuses this with ancient ‘bodging’ traditions of working unseasoned timber, where nothing is straight, or predictable.
He likes to combine green (unseasoned) wood with modern materials and furniture techniques to bring something fresh and new to the world of bespoke furniture.
He works principally with locally coppiced wood and fallen trees. Split along the natural line of the grain, this produces fluid curves, which are then shaved by hand to produce organic furniture and lighting.
His philosophy is one of minimum intervention - imposing as little as possible on the materials, leaving the gentle curves as nature intended.
He trained initially at Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire, and later completed an MA in Furniture Design with distinction at Bucks College, High Wycombe.
Peter runs green wood furniture courses for both adults and children, and community projects for those wishing to make something special for their local environs – his recent work can be seen in The Rotherfold square in Totnes.
More information and how to join the project
Anyone interested in joining this project should email Maya on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 731802.
The Sharpham Trust
The Sharpham Trust connects people with nature and fosters mindfulness and well-being through our programme of retreats, mindfulness courses, outdoor learning and the arts. At the heart of the Trust ethos is our desire to build a more mindful, compassionate and environmentally sustainable world.
The Trust is home to Retreats at Sharpham, Sharpham Wine & Cheese, The Barn Retreat Centre, Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground and a programme that includes outdoor learning, the arts and the practice of mindfulness. It is also a wedding venue and weThe Sharpham Trust hire out our Bathing House on the River Dart for holidays.
The Trust is an educational charity based in and conserving Sharpham House and the 550-acre Sharpham Estate on a stunning three-mile stretch of the River Dart.
Sharpham House is a Grade-1 listed Georgian Palladian villa, set in a landscape designed by Capability Brown, featuring an 18th century walled garden and ornamental grounds.
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