West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Bee Skeps

It is such good news that Bryce Reynard will lead this weekend workshop. It is several years since Martin Buckle came up from Bedfordshire and we made bee skeps of thatching straw. Martin introduced us to Purple Moor Grass as a material excellent for making bee skeps. So this workshop will teach you the techniques and skills of coiling.


ABOUT THE COURSE
 
Title Bee Skeps with Bryce Reynard
Description

Bryce will teach the techniques of coiling.  This is another traditional method used for making many different vessels and carrying pots. The technique can be used with many different materials. Straw is very often used as is rush, marram grass, birch twigs and traditionally  for bee skeps Purple Moor Grass. This is a rough grass which grows on the Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve.

Bryce is a bee-keeper so his bee skeps are tried and tested for Inverness bees - we think they will be liked by their southern cousins too. 

About the tutor
Bryce's has an intimate understanding of the Birch tree.   I am very pleased that he travels down from Inverness to run workshops here at West Moss-side where the material can be harvested.   Birch from the scrub woodland on the edge of Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve.  On the high moss we are actually trying to reduce the number of scrub birch trees so you are welcome to 'pull' the young birch trees to get the long slender roots.  You will be helping to conserve the bog habitat. New for 2016 will see another traditional material from the bog used. This time it is Purple Moor Grass for making Bee skeps.

This bee skep is made from Marram grass but we will be using Purple Moor Grass.



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Prerequisite knowledge/skills
No prior knowledge required for this workshop.
Course format
After completing this course...
You will have your very own bee skep. Even if you don't keep bees it is a beautiful and functional piece.

INFORMATION
 
Cost
£175.00 Bee Skeps
Duration This is a two-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals A West Moss-side lunch, home baking and generous refreshments awaits you.
Accomodation there are lovely B%Bs nearby Braes of Boquhapple and then there is the Lion and Unicorn Hotel in Thornhill village for a great supper on Saturday night.
Disabled facilities

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Bryce Reynard has been visiting West Moss-side each year at Christmas to offer the Scottish Birchcraft  workshop - usually the first Sat in December.