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Copper Forging for Beginners

Learn how to upcycle this wonderful metal!

Mentored by Dee at Wild Woodland WorkshopsMentor summary: Immersive, Creative events in Nature
Location address: Sissinghurst, TN17 2JU
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For ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £58Concession £50
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest

A summary

Copper workshop for beginners and dabblers alike!! We will forge beautiful and unique objects to adorn your house & garden!! During this half day workshop we will be upcycling old copper (mostly pipes) into new and wonderful things! Copper is an ancient semi-precious metal which has a rich history but is still extensively used today in so many differnet industries and crafts; this is partly due to its versatile nature and corrosion resistance, but also the fact it is highly recyclable and in that respect is a sustainable material to use. The rich rose-gold colour is another reason it is so popular and it can be finished in a variety of ways to achieve a real variation of colours and effects too, which means it can suit lots of different environments and decors. The focus of this workshop will be learning how copper behaves and which techniques and tools to use in order to work with and manipulate it into your chosen shapes and designs. We will learn about simple joining methods and a...

Dee at Wild Woodland Workshops·Immersive, Creative events in Nature
Hello! I’m Dee and I am a Designer / Maker / Facilitator / life long learner / teacher, as well as wife, mother, step-mum, friend, mentor and guide. I have been creating and fixing things since my childhood – it’s part of who I am. I have studied and practised Art, Design, Craft and Manufacturing in many different guises over the years, starting with a Foundation course and then a degree in Fashion Design at the London College of Fashion, with the intention of becoming a wedding dress designer! As life does, it took me on a different creative path and I decided to combine my passion for designing and making with my enjoyment of sharing knowledge and skills…so I trained to be a Teacher – specialising in Design & Technology. Perfect! I love teaching and through it I have had many opportunities to experiment and develop my skills and my love of creativity has continued to thrive! As well as being Head of Design Technology for over 10 years I became drawn to outdoor education through bushcraft and primitive skills and so eventually trained to be a Forest School Leader, which led to my role of Head of Outdoor Education. During this time, I developed many new projects as well as a whole school program called ‘Adventure school’, which involved a combination of Forest School, Bushcraft, Primitive Skills, and good old-fashioned camping! It was such a roaring success and so well received by parents and pupils alike, that it planted a seed…alongside this I had so much enthusiasm and positive feedback from parents about my bespoke DT projects and Adventure activities over the years, that it got me thinking…eventually, after some life-changing decisions and resounding support and encouragement from my wonderful boys, family and friends; I decided to take the leap and leave my established and secure teaching job to set up my own creative business…so here I am!! I love nature – being in the woods especially – and I am a firm believer in alternative medicines and natural remedies, I am also a deeply spiritual person and believe hugely in the power of creation to connect us to our Creator… as part of this journey I have studied Shinrin Yoku – aka Forest Bathing, as well as aromatherapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and I am currently studying Herbal medicine, Art Therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), with a view to enhancing the therapeutic understanding of the natural world and developing my offering to include more ‘connection’ based experiences…we all need connection in this life and no matter what your spiritual beliefs are, nature can facilitate that connection and bring a sense of whole-ness…’wild-being’ I call it – so watch this space for future developments in this regard! There is already so much research now to support natural health methodologies as well as studies that affirm the overall health benefits of just being out in Nature, particularly with regard to Mental Health and Well-being…Shinrin Yoku has long been a recognised and prescribed remedy in Japan, and is gaining momentum globally as a powerful way to counterbalance our busy and often stressful, tech-saturated lives. Alongside this, are the therapeutic benefits of creative and artistic pursuits for well-being and satisfaction, which research also continues to reinforce and promote, especially with regard to mental health issues but certainly not limited to that. As a craftsperson and general fixer of things, I just love learning new skills and experimenting with all manner of materials and techniques…this has fuelled my passion for traditional and primitive skills, some of which are sadly, very close to extinction which is tragic because they hold so much value..So I have invested a lot of time and energy in learning about and practising these skills…I’m still learning! With these interests and passions combined, as well as my own awareness of a critical need for ‘downtime’ and balance in our lives, I have developed a range of workshops and events, ideally to be held outdoors in the woods around a roaring fire! Through these experiences, I share my love of creativity through traditional and primitive craft-based skills, with a focus on sustainability – not only with regard to materials and processes, but sustainable well-being too! My intention is to encourage and inspire a love of Nature and respect for the natural world; of Creative pursuits and their value in life; and an interest in traditional and primitive skills as a means to simplify life and appreciate where we have come from and what is of value. These three elements combined are a very powerful antidote to the stresses and strains of our modern, endlessly changing, and mind-blowingly fast-paced, tech-heavy lives!

If this workshop doesn't quite fit...

I realise that setting dates for specific workshops isn't going to suit everyone, so if you are interested in what I do but can't quite find a workshop that fits your dates, location, skillset, etc... please do get in touch as I am more than happy to discuss ideas and adapt my workshops to suit your occasion... Although these workshops are listed as 'for adults', they may be suitable for mature teens too but please get in touch before booking to discuss. Thanks Dee

Learning aims

To learn how copper behaves as a material

What's provided




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we'll be

The Outpost Studio & Workshop, Cleavers, Sissinghurst, Kent, TN17 2JU

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £58Ticket description: If you are booking for 4 or more people you may select the concessionary price. Otherwise, please choose the Standard ticket price.
Ticket: Concession £50

Pricing information


My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.

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Sessions will only be cancelled in severe weather, i.e. High winds or thunder and lightning. Or if the minimum number of bookings has not been met. You will be contacted via email directly and given as much notice as possible. Your place will be transferred to the next available session. If you need to cancel your place please do so using the Eequ Cancel Page, as we will be waiting for you! You need to give at least 3 days notice if you would like a refund. If less than 3 days notice you will forfeit your place for that session and will not be entitled to a refund.


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