Alyth Arts and Crafts Guild
Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Heart of Scotland
Artists, potters, photographers, craftsmen, work
in their particular areas of interest in
Angus Glens, Tayside
The Strathmore Valley
- Heart of Scotland
Scottish woodland skills centre is a part of the Community Treecycle Community Interest Company.
We run a wide range of woodland craft and skills courses throughout the year.
All our courses are designed to strengthen the connection between people and our native woodlands and
promote the sustainable use of woodland materials.
Courses are fun, informative, hands on, practical and creative, teaching you the correct techniques,
methods and use of appropriate hand tools needed for particular woodland crafts.
Tutors are all local experts from the Alyth (East Perthshire) area, and courses will be taught to suit
your ability and level of experience.
You can learn to use your own green woodworking pole lathes and shave horses, make charcoal,
charcoal pencils and besoms. You can cook on a small smoker using oak sawdust,
coppice in our local woodlands and use hazel to make various green wood products.
You can try your hand at carving or learn how to correctly use, maintain and
sharpen a variety of woodworking hand tools and chainsaws.
Graham Wands was born in 1959 in Irvine, Ayrshire.
Graham has been drawing and painting throughout his life, and has won numerous prizes for his art,
including Kelso High School Art Prize in 1977.
He is largely self taught,
working in a range of mediums from pencil, charcoal, pastel through
to watercolour, acrylic and oils.
Graham has taught art in community art classes in Jedburgh and Kelso, and now runs art
classes in his studio in Alyth after moving up to Perthshire from the Borders in 1995.
Graham's paintings can be found hanging in such diverse places as America, Ireland, France,
as well as his native Scotland. He also has paintings exhibited in the Eduardo Alessandro Studios
in Broughty Ferry.
Jane has been a willow weaver for nearly 17 years. She weaves traditional and contemporary baskets,
willow fences and hurdles, and willow coracles from her rural workshop. Working mostly with willow,
some of which she grows, the rest she buys from growers around Scotland or Somerset.
Jane also collects hedgerow materials such as larch, hazel, dogwood and birch from the local
woodlands near to where she lives. The inspiration for her many community based projects
comes from the skills and input from local residents, school children and other community groups.
Jane has been teaching basketry for nearly 15 years, runs courses on coracle building throughout
Scotland, commissions, and environmental art projects for councils and education authorities.
Her work is exhibited at galleries across Scotland and is a fully qualified Forest School Practitioner.
It was inevitable that Mary should take up arts and crafts in some form as the family home was always full of pottery.
Her father attended art college,
her uncle was an artist
and her grandfather made furniture.
Having tried her hand at pottery night classes there was no turning back. Mary's pottery is inspired by her
interest in water sports and plant forms and seeds which she presses into soft clay to create decoration.
Mary's wave and water inspired pottery was exhibited at the Watermill, Aberfeldy in 2012 in
conjunction with the Scottish Potters Association.
Mary has her own potters wheel and workshop and collaborates with another local
potter who has a kiln.
Nancy Fuller produces wood-fired ceramics which are fired in her 'anagama' (a type of Japanese wood-fired kiln)
which she designed and built herself. The work is fired for 4 days and 3 nights with
a mixture of split pine and beech - the intrigue of the work is in the surface effects from the
interplay of the wood ash and mineral inclusions within the clay.
After training as a printmaker at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art,
Nancy discovered wood-fired ceramics whilst studying in Asia.
She underwent a month long residency at the Shigaraki Ceramic Park in Japan
and then embarked on a training with a Shigaraki anagama master.
Ron's interests include digital photography and drystone walling.
He has run a successful garden design business for 17 years and quickly realised the potential
of digital photography as a tool for the design process.
Keen to expand his knowledge and experience in the digital medium he formed
Alyth Photographic Club in 2009. His portfolio of images includes landscapes, flora and fauna
and macro photography.
Ron has 20 years experience as a drystone waller and is qualified to advanced level through the
Drystone Walling Association. He teaches the skills involved and demonstrates on a
regular basis at the Scottish Game Fair in Scone.
His knowledge of the strengths and limitations of stone enables him to incorporate unique stone features
within his garden designs.
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