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The Art Workers Guild was founded in the 1880s and was closely associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. The craft apprenticeship section of its website provides links to many heritage


craft societies and to


associations and organisations


offering formal training.


The Basketmakers’ Association promotes the knowledge of basketry, chair seating and allied crafts. Visit its website for courses including willow sculpture and decorative coffin making.


The British Artist Blacksmiths Association holds regular meetings with demonstrations. Their website provides details of formal training, institutional and private courses.


The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society runs a series of graded accredited qualifications, taking you from entry level of the Certificate of Calligraphy to the three levels of the National Diploma to, finally, a CLAS Fellow.


The Coracle Society promotes the knowledge of coracles, curraghs and allied craft, their making and use. The Society’s website has details of events and courses run by its members.


Greenwood crafts: The Green Wood Centre in Shropshire, which is part of the national woodland charity, the Small Woods Association, offers:


• Professional short courses for those looking to improve their knowledge to a recognised standard, designed to allow course participants to continue to practice and improve


their skills. Including courses such as shingles and spars, tool sharpening, gate hurdles. • Short general interest courses in willow basket making, longbow making,


rustic hedgerow chairs,


charcoal making, make a shave horse, welsh stick back chairs, make a pole lathe, trug making.


Similar courses are offered across the country by members of the Association of Polelathe Turners and Green Wood Workers.


The


Association’s website provides contact details for local groups and of related sites.


Other green wood crafts and woodland management course providers include:


• Woodland Skills Centre, Denbighshire, North Wales. •


Living Wood Training,


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