Thatching with the Prince’s Foundation at Trinity Buoy Wharf
Learn how to thatch with this hands-on introduction to thatching workshop from Master Thatcher Ben Collyns. Find out about the tools, materials and methods used in this traditional craft. Participants are shown how to put thatch on a ground-level roofing jig and are then able to try the methods of application, using various fixings and incorporating both traditional and modern techniques. The workshop at Trinity Buoy Wharf lasts two hours, and is aimed at people with little to no experience.
Wood Carving with the Prince’s Foundation at Trinity Buoy Wharf
Saturday 11 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Booking necessary, 7 places per session, £25
Join wood carver Sarah Goss in a small group setting for an introduction to wood carving workshop. Be guided through the drawing out and carving of your initials into a piece of limewood, then take your masterpiece home.
Participants are introduced to wood carving tools and taught basic carving techniques. The workshop lasts for two hours and includes up to seven participants, ensuring you get a unique opportunity for personalised tutoring. It is designed for people with no wood carving experience and takes place at Trinity Buoy Wharf.
For London Craft Week, the Prince’s Foundation also offers a number of workshops including stonemasonry, detailed below.
Stone Carving with the Prince’s Foundation
Wednesday 8 May, 6.30pm – 8pm
Booking necessary, 7 places per session, £20
Join stonemason Lily Marsh in a small group setting to hear about stonemason’s marks, a custom that dates back to the 11th century, and learn how to design and carve your very own mark.
Mason’s marks were a symbol used by stonemasons to identify their work, ranging from simple to elaborate. The session starts with a basic introduction to the limestone and hand tools used, as well as providing some background on the history of mason’s marks. Participants are then given the chance to design and carve their own marks. The workshop lasts for one and a half hours and includes up to six participants, and is designed for people with no stonemasonry experience.
Introduction to Stonemasonry with the Prince’s Foundation
Sunday 12 May, 11am – 12.30pm
Booking necessary, 10 places per session, free
The Prince’s Foundation, 1922 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG
A free stonemasonry workshop for those aged 16–20 years old. Concerned that traditional crafts are dying out across the UK, the Prince’s Foundation is offering this workshop to young people interested in finding out more about stonemasonry.
Join stonemason Lily Marsh in a small group setting to get an introduction to the profession and find out about the limestone and hand tools used. Participants have the chance to design and carve their own creations. The workshop lasts for one and a half hours and includes up to ten participants, and is designed for people with no stonemasonry experience.