Sign up for courses at The Craftsman's Cottage
A year after opening, founder and craft obsessive Amanda Bannister wants to go one further in championing British Craft by encouraging her guests to gain hands-on craft experience through a series of ‘makers’ courses. In association with Hole & Corner, she now offers a range of unique workshops…
From April, guests will be able to wake up to a variety of exclusive residential courses, such as lifestyle photography, traditional oak woodworking, basket weaving, hand-stitched lampshade making, limited edition bookbinding and pottery hand-building skills.
‘The courses are designed to be intimate, led by our handpicked makers who are some of the best in their craft. So whether you are an absolute beginner or somewhat of an expert, our makers will get the very best out of you. Not only will you take home your handy work, but also new skills, stories and friends,’ Bannister says.
If this wasn’t enough to tempt you, the course package includes a delicious homemade tea on arrival, a home cooked supper in the Cottage with the Maker on your first night and a three-course dinner at the award-winning Beckford Arms on your second night. Breakfast and a picnic lunch are also included.
Below you will find all the details for the different courses as well as booking information.
Learn to work in oak by hand with Alex Argo
If you’ve always wanted to learn the tactile and satisfying craft of working with Oak by hand, Carpenter Alex Argo of Burrwood Works will be holding the first of the course series on 17th to 19th September. Alex will teach traditional techniques, using time-honoured hand tools to make your very own oak lantern. You’ll explore the different uses of wood, the importance of source and nature’s simplicity. Only eight places are available, so curious new makers book now.
London is a two-hour drive away. The railway station at Tisbury is under 10 minutes drive away and a direct train journey of an hour and fifty minutes away from London Waterloo.
All single and double occupancy packages are based on two nights and the price includes tuition, materials, food and accommodation.
Annex or Master Bedroom Package
Single Occupancy – £860 per room
Double Occupancy – £960 per room
Second Double Package
Single Occupancy – £830 per room
Double Occupancy – £930 per room
Single Occupancy – £800 per room
Double Occupancy – £900 per room
Bookings are made by telephone and email. To make a booking please contact:
Learn to book bind with award-winning Kate Holland
Are you seeking to spend more time away from the screen? Rediscover the joys of making with your hands and engage with the ultimate portable technology – the book. On 24th to 26th September, Multi Award winning bookbinder Kate Holland of Kate Holland Books will guide you step-by-step in the traditional craft of bookbinding. You will come away with a hardback book that you have made from scratch and all the basic bookbinding skills that will enable you to continue and elaborate at home. You will also have time to explore a variety of alternative structures. This session is suitable for all. All materials and tools will be provided. Only eight places are available, so curious new makers book now. To make a booking please contact:
Learn to hand stitch a lampshade with Angela Constantiou
If your hands want to be busy making with needle and thread, bespoke Soft furnishings expert Angela Constantinou of Cocoon Home will be holding your perfect course from 5th to 7th November. Angela will teach traditional hand stitching techniques, different uses of fabric and frames to make your very own balloon lined bowed empire shade. You can personalise your lampshade further by bringing your own favourite piece of material. This session is suitable for all. All materials and tools will be provided. Only eight places are available, so curious new makers book now. To make a booking please contact:
Learn to weave by hand in rush with Felicity Irons
If your hands have always wanted to work with natures wonder material English Bulrush, full-time Rush Weaver Felicity Irons of Rush Matters will be holding an inspiring course on 7th to 9th Jan 2019. Felicity will start by exploring the history and traditions of the harvest and use of the English Bulrush. Followed by learning traditional techniques of weaving, twining, coiling, plaiting, knotting, sewing, roping to make your very own Rush basket. This session is suitable for all. All materials and tools will be provided. Only eight places are available, so curious new makers book now. To make a booking please contact:
Learn to hand build pottery with Nel Faulkner
If you’ve always wanted to get hands-on with clay and produce your own ceramics, potter Nel Faulkner will be holding a hand-built pottery course on the 21st to the 23rd January 2019. Nel makes large pots using a variety of techniques including throwing, printing, modelling and carving. The course will focus on hand building and will cover pinch pots, coiling and slab building. Once you’ve built your pieces, we will fire them and glaze them with a simple matt white glaze. This session is suitable for all. All materials and tools will be provided. Only eight places are available, so curious new makers book now. To make a booking please contact: