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Wooden Tom’s Spoon Carving Photos

On the 10th of October, Wooden Tom returned to hold another popular spoon carving course. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there myself (Missed another spoon carving session! One day I will get to have a go!), but Tom sent us these lovely pictures that I would like to share with you all. Enjoy.

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Going Wild in the Woods

Last week our 7 day Woodland Activity Leader Training came to an end. This is a little sum up of the week! What are the benefits of outdoor education?: exercise, resilience, learning coping strategies, risk awareness, sustainability, build immune system, develop skills such as problem solving, confidence, suits different learning styles, love and respect for

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Heath or Mire? Bog or Swamp? Using Vegetation classifications with AFC

Last weekend I was lucky enough to join the Assynt Field Club (AFC) on their Training course on NVC Heaths and Mires identification, the funding of which was awarded in CALL’s Community Grant Scheme this year. It allowed AFC to bring in experts in the field Alison and Ben Averis to teach a training course

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Woodland Activity Leader Training Oppertunity

We at CALL are delighted to announce that we have placed available for the residents of Coigach and Assynt to join us in bringing a new training course to the area. Wild things!, from Findhorn (https://wild-things.org.uk/), have agreed to come over to our beautiful part of the world to deliver their Woodland Activity Leader Training

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Woodland Artisan: Cup Carving in June

Guest Blog: Chris Goodman, Assynt Woods I’m having to restrain myself. My cup’s been sitting in a bag with some wood shavings for 5 days now, slowly drying, and I just want to get it out and admire it. Then fill it with gin and tonic or maybe coffee (if it’s a bit early in

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Willow Cord: Woodland Artisan Course

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Course Leader I use timber from trees all the time, whether it’s for building and diy jobs, making spoons or as firewood – it’s an incredible material which lends itself to all sorts of uses. But recently I’m becoming more and more interested in how we can use some of

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The Amazing Things About Trees

Guest blog by Chris Goodman, Course Leader Trees never cease to amaze me, the other week a friend told me that one of the drugs used for fighting cancer comes from Yew trees. I also recently read that patients in hospital recover faster from surgery or illness if they’re surrounded by plants and have trees

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Volunteer Training at Achlochan

This week we ran a 2-day course for the Achlochan Project volunteers to get trained in using brush-cutters and strimmers. This course was LANTRA accredited and covered maintaining the machines as well as safe usage. All the trainees passed and now are qualified to use strimmers and brush-cutters to help maintain the Achlochan site. Although

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Volunteering Programme 2019!

As the new year is approaching, I am excited to tell you about the new monthly volunteer programme that will launch in January 2019! The fourth Thursday of each month we will have a volunteer event running, rotating about the projects. Other volunteer events may be arranged as extras to this program. Examples of activities

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Baskets, Baskets, Baskets!

The latest Woodland Artisan Course was a 2 day willow weaving course with the wonderful Willow Weaving Expert Tim Palmer. Tim had previously taught a course for us and we just had to have him back for another! We had a nice mix in the group of beginners and those that had been on Tim’s

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 5:05pm

Our Latest Woodland Artisan Workshops! Chris will be travelling round CALL teaching the art of Whittling. Please see posters for dates and times. Why not try out a taster course, if you like it come join us on Monday evenings on the run up to...

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, October 14th, 2019 at 4:53pm

Join Elphin Craft Circle Group and Jan Kilpatrick 2-4pm Saturday 9th November for the unveiling and celebration of their community-made textile wall-hanging depicting life in Elphin – past and present.

There will also be refreshments and a local history display.

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 6:18pm
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 1:19pm

Upcoming whittling workshops as part of our Woodland Artisan project with Assynt Leisure Centre.

Intro to whittling Sat 2nd Nov Lochinver, Sun 3rd Nov Achiltibuie

Whittling course, 4 workshops, Monday Evenings 25th Nov to 16th Dec

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