Scythe weekend at Brantwood House

On 14-15 July I will be teaching a two-day scythe workshop with Paul Kingsnorth at Brantwood House on Coniston Water. During the weekend you will learn the art and craft of scything in one of the most iconic settings of the Lake District.

Brantwood HouseExperience John Ruskin’s legacy and inspiration at Brantwood, his home from 1872-1900. Gain an insight into Ruskin’s ideas, through learning the art of scything and explore his fascinating and dynamic estate, with gardens, pastures, ancient woods, high moors and spectacular views.  Renowned as a writer, artist, poet and thinker, Ruskin’s home is a treasure house of art and memorabilia, reflecting the huge variety of his interests.

Brantwood House meadowSurrounded by the glorious Coniston fells, with half a mile of lake shore and 250 acres of woodlands, meadows and gardens to explore, there is no more inspirational environment than Brantwood in which to learn a new skill.  Good food, great company and, now, the chance to stay in our newly refurbished accommodation, all add up to a truly memorable experience.

The field that is being mowed is the lakeside meadow, in preparation for the Illyria production of Henry “V” on 17 July.  The scything is an ‘optional residential’ course over two days.  Bed and breakfast is available in our newly refurbished lodge. The B & B rate is £50 per person per room/£35 per person for shared occupancy of a twin room.  Breakfast is provided in the kitchen for guests to help themselves.

Brantwood is an inspiring venue and during free time you are ivited to explore the house and view the rooms that John Ruskin used, now a registered museum.

For more information, visit Brantwood’s course page. Booking is by email or telephone 015394 41396

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About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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