Make a Green Oak Bench

Location: Sharpham
Date: 2nd March 2017 - 21st April 2017

Work with a wood artist to make a green oak bench at Sharpham, course running between March & April 2017... 

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. Anyone interested in joining this project should email Maya on or call 01803 731802.
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