Out of Nature

Out of Nature Sculpture Exhibition

Winds of Change weekend

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October 2017 at Newport House

On 16 October 1987 the Great Storm hit South-east England, sending trees crashing into the consciousness of the English nation. An unexpected result was a new generation of chair-makers, spoon-carvers and bowl-turners, who have rediscovered that it is possible to make a living by creating beautiful wooden items, straight from the tree. 

At Out of Nature 2017, 30 years after the storm, a group of Herefordshire wood-craftspeople gathered to celebrate this blossoming of their heritage skills. Visitors saw fresh wood being transformed by hand into spoons, bowls, clogs, chairs, tent pegs and wooden fencing, and enjoyed a range of talks and discussions on the subject.

Winds of Change programme

Saturday 14 October 2017

Mike Abbott: Intro to the weekend – The anniversaries of the Great Storm and The Woodland Charter

Glenn Morris (tree surgeon & sculptor): Six Months at 100 Feet: A tree surgeon’s view of the Great Storm

Matt Larsen-Daw (Woodland Trust, lead for The Woodland Charter): The Woodland Charter

Transforming trees, transforming people: A panel discussion chaired by Justin Albert (National Trust) with Matt Larsen-Daw, Rob Penn, Katie Eastaugh (The Cart Shed) and Toby Allen (Say It With Wood and National Coppice Federation)

Practical green wood craft demos:

Gudrun Leitz – have-a-go pole lathe turning

Mike Abbott – chair-making

Owen Thomas – turning bowls on a pole-lathe

Lewis Goldwater – carving spoons

Jeremy Atkinson – making clogs

Morgan brothers – tent peg makers

Say it with Wood – cleaving chestnut.

Sunday 15 October 2017

Ongoing practical green wood craft demos throughout the day.

Jackie Morris with Tamsin Abbott: Finding The Lost Words – Rewilding Language

Archie Miles: New Perspectives of Ancient Trees