Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October at Newport House
On 16 October 1987 the Great Storm hit South-east England, sending trees crashing into the consciousness of the English nation. An unexpected result was a new generation of chair-makers, spoon-carvers and bowl-turners, who have rediscovered that it is possible to make a living by creating beautiful wooden items, straight from the tree.
Now, 30 years after the storm, a group of Herefordshire wood-craftspeople are gathering to celebrate this blossoming of their heritage skills. At Out of Nature, visitors will see fresh wood being transformed by hand into spoons, bowls, clogs, chairs, tent pegs and wooden fencing. There will also be a range of talks and discussions on the subject.
Saturday 14 October, 10.30–11.30am£5 for both morning sessions together
Mike Abbott: Intro to the weekend – The anniversaries of the Great Storm and The Woodland Charter
Glenn Morris (tree surgeon & sculptor): Six Months at 100 Feet: A tree surgeon’s view of the Great Storm
Matt Larsen-Daw (Woodland Trust, lead for The Woodland Charter): The Woodland Charter
Saturday 14 October, 11.45am–1.15pm Transforming trees, transforming people: A panel discussion chaired by Justin Albert (National Trust) with Matt Larsen-Daw, Rob Penn, Katie Eastaugh (The Cart Shed) and Toby Allen (Say It With Wood and National Coppice Federation)
Tickets available on the door
Saturday 14 October, afternoon
Book signing with Rob Penn and Mike Abbott.
Auction of Glenn Morris sculpture.
Practical green wood craft demos:
Gudrun Leitz – have-a-go pole lathe turning
Mike Abbott – chair-making
Owen Thomas – turning bowls on a pole-lathe
Lewis Goldwater – carving spoons
Jeremy Atkinson – making clogs
Morgan brothers – tent peg makers
Say it with Wood – cleaving chestnut.
Sunday 15 October
Ongoing practical green wood craft demos throughout the day.
Sunday 15 October, 12pm–1pmTickets £5
Jackie Morris with Tamsin Abbott: Finding The Lost Words – Rewilding Language
Talk followed by book signing with Jackie Morris.
Sunday 15 October, 2.30pm–4pm Tickets £5
Archie Miles: New Perspectives of Ancient Trees
Talk followed by book signing with Archie Miles.