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Wood carving workshop at Alexandra Park greenhouse

Learn about the techniques and benefits of wood carving at a forthcoming workshop organised by the Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group. Press officer Lynda Foy explains.

Retired university lecturer and artist Rupert Bozeat is offering a two-day Wood Carving Workshop in Hastings next month.

The event will be hosted by the Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 June from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily. It will be an introduction to greenwood carving (recently felled hardwood), axe work and carving techniques, leading to making a spoon or spatula ‘from log to table’.

Rupert Bozeat

Rupert, who lives in St Leonards, said: “I discovered greenwood carving just before the (Covid) lockdown and I have found it the perfect vehicle for transferring the idea of mindful drawing into three dimensions – with an axe!

“Since retiring ten years ago I became interested in mindfulness and meditation and thought I could see a link between these practices and drawing. I have since developed a mindful drawing practice.”

He designed and built the wooden spider that stands on the greenhouse site, using wood left over from the greenhouse roof restoration.

All wood carving materials and equipment will be provided for the workshop, which is suitable for all abilities. The cost of £120 includes a wood carving knife to keep. Booking is essential via the events page on the greenhouse group’s website.

Refreshments will be available at the greenhouse which is accessed via St Helens Road, near the Pump House Cafe.

Meanwhile a call for volunteers has gone out from Greenhouse Group chairman Linda Pearson, who said: “We need two or three people to water some plants on the site before the heat of the day or in the evening. With two or three volunteers, it takes less time.”

Would-be volunteers can contact the group via info@our-greenhouse.org. The greenhouse is open to the public for plant sales and donations on Thursday from 2.30 to 5.30pm and on Saturdays from 10.30am to 1pm.

 

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Posted 09:34 Thursday, May 23, 2024 In: Green Times

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