Self-build wind turbine course

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This is a practical course on building a wind turbine from scratch. It includes carving aerodynamic blades from wood, winding electric coils, welding mountings, assembling electronic control systems and full installation on a tower. By the end of the course, participants will have built a large fully working turbine that will be in use at Coed in a variety of applications for many years to come. Basic theory of how to capture, manage and store energy from the wind will also be covered. The designs used are based on the Hugh Piggott axial flux.

Dates: 
7 July 2010 to 14 July 2010
Teachers
Suneil Tagore
Cost: 
£440-£380
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Permaculture Certificate course for Developing Partners

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There may be places given to people outside of the organisation. This is a publicly funded course and preference will be given to people from minority or excluded communities.

Dates: 
12 July 2010 to 31 October 2010
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Dates are yet to be finalised but they will be during week days.
Teachers
Wilf Richards
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Introduction to Bushcraft, Shropshire

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During the course we will look at various methods of fire lighting including fire by friction. We will also explore the wonderful world of shelter building and learn to identify some common plants and trees in order to better understand how we can interact with the natural world.

Throughout the course we will be looking at methods of making camp life more comfortable including baking some wild breads and exploring wild foods.

Once our bellies are full we will look at some craft skills such as carving simple tools and making natural cordage.

Get to grips with basic Bushcraft tools and learn how to use them safely and effectively.

Students will get the opportunity to:

· Make fire using natural resources & have a go at fire by friction.

· Build shelters using natural materials.

· Cook some wonderful food over a crackling camp fire.

· Use tools to make some woodland crafts.

· Sharpen and maintain Bushcraft tools.

Dates: 
28 August 2010 to 29 August 2010
Cost: 
£120 - includes food and camping
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Make a Plant Climber, Shropshire

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Ever thought you could make those plant climbers you see in garden centres? This is your chance.
You will learn how to use the ground as well as a wooden template to weave your very own plant climber using willow and other natural materials.

Come to learn about willow and make your very own plant climber for your garden. Rowenna will teach you how to prepare willow and how to incorporate garden cuttings for you to make more climbers for yourself when you get home. You will take a completed climber home with you.
Please contact us for times and cost.

Dates: 
11 July 2010
Teachers
Rowenna Williams
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Green Basket Making

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Make & take home your very own unique decorative & practical green hedgerow basket using local Shropshire materials in just one day.
This workshop is aimed at those interested in starting an interest in basket making. no previous experience necessary

Basket making is one of the oldest of all crafts. It pre-dates pottery and cloth weaving, and led to the invention of both.

During the morning of this course your course leader Rowena Williams will teach you to identify, collect and prepare weaving materials from the hedgerows and willow stock at Karuna.

After a light lunch (where you will have the opportunity to socialize,, ask questions and take some time to appreciate this beautiful venue) Each student will craft his or her own basic fruit basket made from their collected materials. each student will go home having learnt a new craft, a basket of your very own making and hopefully full of enthusiasm for creating more baskets.

Dates: 
10 July 2010
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10.00am - 5.00pm. Please bring outdoor clothes and boots, building gloves, a sturdy screwdriver and a good pair of secateurs if you have them. Please bring some vegetarian lunch to share, Tea and coffee will be provided.
Teachers
Rowena Williams

Karuna is located within an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) near Picklescott, on the upper fringes of the Long Mynd, it faces out towards stupendous far reaching open views of the Stretton Hills and surrounding countryside.

Cost: 
£30, £25 concessions
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5 Day Round Room course, Taunton

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A five day course over 5 weekends, to realise a unique project under guidance and tuition, set firmly in the environment of everyday construction. Together we will build a full sized one-room house using lightweight foundations, timberframe walls with hemp and lime infill, and lime exterior rendering. Each stage will involve detailed theory and practical tuition plus plenty of hands-on work.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in learning about sustainable construction, adding to existing knowledge or looking for hands-on practice to consolidate existing theory. From complete DIY beginner to professional, all are welcome.

Dates: 
5 June 2010 to 3 July 2010
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5 Saturdays - Sat 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June and 3rd July, 10am-4.30pm
Teachers
Frank Blaker

Organic local lunch, plus hot and cold drinks. Safety equipment, tools and all materials.

Sturdy boots/wellies; waterproof coat; pen and paper.

Cost: 
£75 per day or 5 days for £325
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