We can offer the chance to practice, learn and experiment in our new mechanical workshop. Under the guidance of our dedicated & very experienced team you can get involved in….
Farm Machinery Servicing – involves topping up fluids, cleaning filters, changing parts , tuning and lots more on our mini tractors, mowers, strimmers and chippers. The internal combustion engine is a marvellous invention and understanding it lets us learn the mechanics and principles of a world changing machine. We also have to maintain all our hand tools on the farm which are just as important. The farm’s bicycles and wheelbarrows have to be constantly maintained … never ending punctures!
Dis-assembling – Taking apart donated cars, motorbikes and various machines. Fascinating projects including taking apart video recorders, speakers, electric drills, peddle bikes, scooters etc, learning how these things work from the inside. Identifying all the parts, then either sell, re-use or up-cycle. Machine parts sculptures are also fun to make.
Constructing –building mini all terrain vehicles for the farm or sale.
Get involved in one of our projects of either a racing mini tractor, a tracked go-cart or a converted Ford fiesta pick-up. These projects involve design & fabrication. It’s not quite scrap heap challenge but close!
In the green wood working bay spend a hour making a gypsy flower, a milking stool or a hurdle. Split logs with handmade mallets or try using our special kindle maker to make pieces for our cob Pizza oven . Along with tool handling and coordination, skills are learnt in weighing up , packaging and selling . The team also maintains the farms hedges as the goats cannot reach the top branches … we are working on a movable raised goat platform!
As permitted we are also allowed to use a local woodland where we can coppice, collect wood and play.
In the carpentry workshop we have the facilities and skilled staff to aid you in wood carving including house & door signs, construction including toys, models and wildlife/ garden structures and wood turning. We also make lots of things for the farm like pig troughs, chicken perches and boot racks to name a few. The team maintain all the fencing , sheds and animal houses on the farm especially the sows house that is made from old doors!
The last part of our woodwork is the sorting & de-nailing of all the wood that is donated to us. Very popular on the farm with great skills to be gained using hand tools and of course the magnet pendulum sweeping thing for picking up all the nails.