Drizzle and wind greeted us for our cliftop course at Farmer John’s. The moisture on any bare skin acted as glue for the dust that blew everywhere whilst taking the wall back and within an hour we were all covered in a deep tan. But the weather dried up later, and our efforts were rewarded when a smart wall repair emerged out of the mist.
Learn how to set up, peen and hone a scythe as well as how to mow with it! For further details click here.
By Mick Godfrey
DRST took the opportunity to attend the Buckfast Abbey Millennium Garden Fair on 2nd June to demonstrate a range of skills. On such occasions one never travels light.
Mick Jones made wattle hurdles while Chris Stanton made gate hurdles. Nick Dawe pole lathed, offering people the chance to have a go. We decided to use a traditional long pole to power the lathe, as we were set up on the Abbey lawns it required some pre planning to ensure we did no damage to the lawn. Hence the base of the pole was restrained by a heavy steel plate carrying 10 concrete blocks and the pivot mounted on a saw horse – improvisation rules.
Jonathan Ansell entertained children young and old by getting them to make rake tines using tine cutter and mallet, letting them keep the proceeds of their endeavours.
Mick Godfrey worked on traditional wooden hay rakes, occasions such as this are more about meeting and chatting to people about the crafts than concentrating on output.
The Fayre was very well organised, good weather and free entry ensured over 5000 visitors, all in all a very enjoyable albeit tiring day.
by Laura Tunstall – Instructor
We were a small group on the 26th May at Broadclyst for cobblestoning, despite this we managed to repair two large sunken areas to their former glory, dodging a couple of downpours in the morning. The stable yard cobbles of Broadclyst make for tricky building as the stone is so irregular and not like the usual river stones. Apparently the stones were originally brought down from Killerton centuries ago, which lies a few miles north of the house. Despite the difficulty our novices managed a sterling job and land owner Ian was pleased with what was achieved. Thanks to Ian and Sally for allowing us to use their yard for our course. A good day was had by all.
The next course is on the 16th of June, Dry Stone Walling at Bigbury On Sea. The course is fully booked, but we are still taking reserves at this time.
I’ve just put the latest course list up on the website… Get them while they’re hot, especially hedge steeping and dry stone walling which will sell out just like that. Click here to see the latest cousrse list.
We have a few places still on the cobble course this weekend and the gate hurdle course on the 7th of July…
Due to popular demand we have organised another walling course at short notice. This is a stone facing course, which is the traditional method of facing a bank with stone without the use of mortar. The course is up at Higher Badworthy, near South Brent and Dave Dingle will be in charge. There are stil a couple of places available but book now as they are selling like hot cakes! Click here for details and booking: https://www.drst.org.uk/pg/course/coursedet.aspx?id=68
We also still have a few places available for the cobble stone course on the 26th of May.