On Monday 18th August 2014 five volunteers embarked on an experiential and collaborative five-day course. Leading the sessions is the highly skilled Jamaican woodcraft artisan, John Alfredo, at his studio in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.
Three volunteers from the East Central London based St Luke’s Community Centre Over 50s Club, one lady from Open Age in Brent and one 16 year old from Hackney make up the group.
The Monday session started with the group meeting at Liverpool Street Station for the start of their daily train journey to this idyllic and tranquil location. This gave all participants the opportunity to get to know each other ahead of the start of the course.
The first day in this rural setting began with an ecological guided tour of the local area led by environmentalist Jeremy McBurney, with a picnic stop for lunch.
Back at the studio the group will work collaboratively, using reclaimed ash and mahogany wood, to craft a unique table using carpentry skills and techniques.
Watch this space for the showcase of the final piece.
JHH Education Coordinator