Study Courses are available in a variety of skill areas

Our new Traditional Rural Skills courses begin in 2017. The courses are designed to encourage interest in traditional crafts and skills. Courses are typically for 6-8 students over one or two days, and include demonstrations by accomplished visiting craftspeople, study of local historic examples of work, and practical application, usually on an actual work in progress at Mill Pond Farm. Where applicable students will create their own work which they can take with them. All tools and equipment are supplied; each course has specific requirements for appropriate dress. Students completing carriage driving courses must provide proof of current membership of the Equestrian Federation of Australia which extends insurance for the driving components. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Some courses are reliant on seasons and weather; please check close to the date to confirm any schedule changes that may have to be made.

Subject areas include:

Willow coppicing & trellace making
Hedge Laying
Field-stone Wall building
Carriage Driving
Chair making
Carriage and Harness maintenance
Sundial construction and setting
Wool spinning

Carriage Driving for pleasure
Our carriage driving courses held in various parts of NSW are designed to introduce novices to safe and enjoyable carriage driving for pleasure. Our courses provide a practical introduction to the preparation of your horse, maintenance of a carriage and care of several types of harness, for single and pair driving. After the two day course you will be proficient at driving a two wheeled vehicle safely, and be familiar with the basic elements of pair driving.  Students who complete this course may wish to develop their skills at driving a pair. Each student must be a member of the Equestrian Federation of Australia, which will provide personal injury insurance whilst you are driving at a nominal cost. Courses include refreshments and lunch.
Our courses are arranged the to suit small groups of people who wish to book together, which allows each student to support the others as you practise in the weeks following the course.



Furniture Restoration
Several courses are available each year in NSW in traditional methods of furniture repair and polishing, designed for collectors of antiques. A sound introduction covers timber identification, fine finishing of bare timbers, oil and wax finishes, shellac polishing, and maintenance of antique patinas. Our Antique Restoration courses form a part of the formal study for students completing the Australian Butler's School training courses, held in Braidwood township approximately six times each year.
Courses include refreshments and lunch. Limited accommodation is available at a modest cost in Braidwood.



One-Day courses
Include the specialist subjects of traditional carriage wheelwrighting, harness fitting and balancing for two wheeled horse drawn vehicles, and carriage restoration techniques and maintenance. Courses, held in various parts of NSW,  include refreshments and lunch. Limited accommodation is available at a modest cost nearby.




image of restored wing chair courtesy Ken Brass
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