At Between The Trees you can experience nature through hands-on traditional woodland skills and craft workshops.
Wood working with The West Coast Makers
This year we were very fortunate to have several groups engaging festival goers in hands-on practical workshops. The wonderful West Coast Makers, Lily (a recent graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University) and friends, demonstrated pole-lathe wood turning and hand carving of spoons and pots. Their beautiful hand-made travel cutlery sets in woven woollen pockets were not only tactile and aesthetically beautiful, but highly practical too.
Ceramics with Bert The Potter
Who has always wanted to have a go at throwing a pot? Bert the Potter was an absolute delight at Between The Trees 2019. The open-air rustic, shelter right in the middle of the festival woods made Bert and his potters wheel a central attraction. The gorgeous little pots, thrown by even very small children, made this a must-do activity. Bert is currently undertaking a PhD in Ceramics at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Willow Craft with Jules Wagstaff
Basket-weaving has had a huge resurgence in popularity recently, not only as a craft but also as an art form. Jules Wagstaff made woven willow baskets, demonstrated the ancient techniques of preparing the willow and made practical objects such as pots and fences. Festival goers enjoyed learning how to weave large flowers and form small curved structures which could be used as candle holders or utensil pots.
Wild Spirit Bushcraft
Once again Wild Spirit Bushcraft facilitated hands-on bushcraft activities for all ages including, fire-lighting , foraging, shelter-building. Sasha made learning outdoor skills a real pleasure for families this year.
The Wildlife Trust
The Wildlife Trust not only educated us with their local and national conservation activities but also invited festival goers of all ages to try green wood flowers making. A safe and fun activity for all ages and abilities, and it made a pretty display outside their tent which encouraged everyone to have a go at making one too.