Heritage Skills 2019: Traditional Rake Making

Location: Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Finsthwaite, Cumbria, LA12 8AX

A wooden hay rake is an iconic rural tool and perfect accompaniment to the scythe when managing wildflower meadows. On this workshop you will learn to split and shape the components for lightness and strength using an axe, drawknife and some specialised tools to make a balanced and ergonomic rake. No previous experience necessary.

Materials: £10 for materials should be brought to the course and paid to the trainer on the day.

Tutor Steve Tomlin has made a name for himself in the scything and greenwood world. This is a rare chance to learn a time honoured skill and help keep these beautiful tools from disappearing.

Meal breaks: Please bring a packed lunch and a flask.

What to wear: Stout boots and warm, waterproof clothes.

Age Limit: Courses are designed for 18years and over.

If you are under 18, please contact us on rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to discuss other opportunities.

Directions: Map to venue: Can be found here, at: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stott-park-bobbin-mill/directions Postcode: LA12 8AX

Grid Ref = SD 372881

Weather: It is your instructor's responsibility to ensure your safety. In the event of exceptionally poor or dangerous weather conditions the course may need to be cancelled. Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

Please contact Rebecca at rebecca.oaks@btinternet.com or your instructor if you have any questions.


Terms and Conditions:

Course Fees – Concessions we are not offering concessions this year but if you would like to attend and the cost is prohibitive please do contact us via email to rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to see if we can help.


In order to receive a full refund, you must notify us 30 days of the course start date that you are unable to attend.

We are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

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Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.