Fangfest Festival of Practical Arts 3rd & 4th September
Fangfest Festival of Practical Arts 3rd & 4th September A celebration of Traditional Crafts 9am to 4pm both days FREE Entry, FREE Parking The final preparations are underway for this years Fangfest. Fangfest returns this weekend with an even bigger line up than ever, offering a fun filled day out for all the family. The group behind this great event try to offer something for everyone. From talks and demonstrations by professional craftsmen, to a flower festival in the church and free childrenâs activities such as painting pots, craft work and a whole range of other activities to keep the very young to the very old interested. âWe are very excited about Fangfest this year, especially as Tony Dew is attempting to make the worlds largest wooden hand carved rocking horse. We have made a big one before but this is even bigger and we plan to take it to Worldskills London 2011 in October.â Says Jane Cook, from The Rocking Horse Shop â When finished our horse will be 5.3m high and 6.5m long!, we want everyone to come along and have a lookâ. For those looking for unusual gifts the craft marquee holds 20 different stalls of wonderful handmade items including hand turned pens, jewellery, dolls clothes, stained glass gifts, jams & preserves, watercolour greeting cards, corn dollies, traditional wooden toys and many more. Childrenâs author Tony Fraise will be reading his stories to the children and visitors can take a pony & trap ride around the village, have a go at a potters wheel, try their hand at clay shooting and archery, join in the fun of the fair, listen to live music at the pub and enjoy the facilities at the award winning Jubilee Park. The vintage car rally expends every year and this year is no exception. Chris White organiser of the car show says â It's fabulous so see all the regular cars every year and we openly invite anyone with a classic car or motor bike to bring it along to the show. So many magnificent classic vehicles are hidden away in this area, it would be lovely to see them over the Fangfest weekend. No need to book just come along.â Fangfest also helps many charitable organisations including Macmillan, NSPCC & St Leonards Hospice as well as providing a great weekend of entertainment. Entry and parking is FREE so come and join in the fun, a great day out for all the family. To find out more go to their website www.fangfest.org.uk or call Jane on 01759 368737.
" A cracking course. Michael builds confidence in both your woodcarving skills but also your artistic interpretation - by the end your horse's head may not look exactly like one of his but it will be pretty darn good! "
" For me it was a first working with sharp chisels and wood but within the first hour of the course we were given enough confindence to begin to shape our horses heads and by the end of the three days we all came away with heads we could hold up with pride. The whole course was well planned and we never were never made to feel the beginers we were. I now have an almost complete horse getting ready for his saddle, main and tail after countless hours of fun and head scratching. Try it! "
" Highly recommended. I'd never done any woodcarving before and managed to leave with something that looked like a rocking horse head! Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere on the course and I liked the format of Mike demonstrating each stage before letting us loose to have a go ourselves. He provided as much or as little help as requested and at no stage was I ever made to feel like I was going to fail. I am determined to complete the full horse and have in fact now purchased the materials to do so. Go on, give it a go!!! "
" Had an great time and learned quite a bit in the three days I was there and it was my first course on carving and I will def think of doing something else again soonish lol. The team made me very welcome and have no hesitations what so ever in recommending this course. "
" We love the rocking horse - it is absolutely as we wanted it. Thank you! "
Denise Caruth Stevenson
" As a competent hobby woodworker, but with no woodcarving experience. Miraculously, at the end of three days, I found myself in possession of a very presentable carved head, greatly exceeding my expectations. Michael is an excellent teacher, able to give just the right level of help or advice to a pretty varied bunch of students. Everyone at the Rocking Horse Shop was very pleasant and helpful. Well worth travelling all the way from Kent to Yorkshire for the experience. "
" For woodworkers we offer a range of exclusive DIY plans supported by prepared timber packs, quality accessories & tack and specialist tools. We also hold regular carving courses with tuition by Anthony Dew."
" Its hard to find new words to describe this course after looking at all the past reviews. Lets just say it was everything and more that I'd hoped but with great Yorkshire Hospitality thrown in. What a team they have down there. With very little carving experience I came away with a head -- and the rest of the kit to build the whole horse at home. Went on the course at the end of June and I have a completed horse sitting in my conservatory today 2 months later. Support from the Team has been great throughout. Believe me they wont leave you out there on your own if you need assistance. One complaint -- they don't tell you that this is very very addictive. One problem -- which horse to do next. If you are dithering about going on this course, don't, just book it "
" I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the warm welcome I received last week on the Head Carving Course. It was a genuine pleasure to spend time in the work shop with a highly skilled and creative tutor. Michael Wem is clearly a talented wood carver with a passion for rocking horses and more importantly the enthusiasm to share his knowledge with others. The 3 days provided ample opportunity to share this enthusiasm and to learn from a master craftsman. Thank you again for your support, guidance and timely advice. I feel equipped and inspired to complete my very own medium rocking horse which I am sure will become a munched loved addition to our family. Steve Kibble, Cornwall "
" I just want to say how wonderful our new rocking horse that you delivered last week is. It really is a fantastic work of art and I wish to express my sincere thanks to all who worked on it. It really did exceed all my expectations. So a massive thank you to everyone. "
" An excellent course! Michael is a very talented wood carver and a very good teacher with a very relaxed stile. I was amazed at how well my "head" turned out, not having carved anything at all before. I would highly recommend this course. All members of the Rocking Horse Shop staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. "
" I have to agree with all the positive reviews already made on the 3 day workshop on carving a rocking horse head. I experienced a very well organised course on learning the techniques for using the tools on solid wood without messing up the head right away, leading on to shaping the head as you would like. Just follow what is demonstrated step by step and you will end up with a very professional looking horse’s head and a good working knowledge of how to use the tools. I had already assembled the Large Rocky and carved the body but I needed some practise on a head. This was just what I needed. I am now full of enthusiasm to complete the Large Rocky. Most enjoyable, full of fun and a fabulous active holiday. There were six of us on the course and there were six good looking heads after only three days. I could not recommend this workshop more highly. The only negative is that I had to go home afterwards. "
" Every horse is a hand-crafted individual. Ready-to-ride horses are available from stock, or you can commission a 'Special', made to your own preferred size and style. Horses can be shipped to any destination. "
" I am writing to express my appreciation for the great customer service I have received from The Rocking Horse shop during making a Large Rocky Rocking Horse. On the three occasions I either phoned or emailed I was given helpful and friendly advise which was followed by a speedy delivery. "
" What a great way to spend 3 days! It was with some trepidation that I arrived at The Rocking Horse Shop to become a student at the 'Carve a Head' course. I had minimal experience with woodwork having made some small wooden toys, but had never tried my hand at carving. The first thing to be said is how friendly everyone was, only 2 mins after entering the premises I had a cup of coffee in my hand. You were never rushed, everything from carving techniques to use of special power tools was very well explained. All 5 students ended up with rocking horse heads that we could be proud of. We had learned the basics of a great craft and had some fun along the way. I have the rest of the timber pack and am now looking forward to completing the whole rocking horse.?If you have ever considered trying your hand at carving or making a complete rocking horse, then put it off no longer, this is the course for you. I can't recommend it highly enough. "
" This is just to say how delighted I am with our restored rocking horse which arrived safely yesterday. The handsome horse seems a far cry from the poorly horse we dropped off in May and it is now in pride of place in the dining room awaiting introduction to the grandchildren next week. It has been a pleasure to deal with your enthusiastic team and the result is great. It arrived on time as agreed and on budget. Rosemary Burke "