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General Information

All materials, tools, and safety equipment will be provided. Students should wear sensible working clothing and covered footwear. All materials supplied are included in our prices.

No VAT is charged.

Please check each course page for specific instructions and venues!

Except on Straw Bale Building,

students should bring packed lunches. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are supplied at break times.

DCRS can issue it's own certificates stating that someone has attended our course. Please request at time of booking.


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Dorset Centre for Rural Skills provides a range of courses available from rural crafts to traditional and sustainable building techniques in and around Dorset and the West Country.

We keep all our course places limited to small numbers to ensure that everyone attending receives as much tutor time as they need. Our courses are aimed to educate, but for everyone to have fun too!

Our tutors are professionals working full-time within their specialist fields. Some venues are working studios, giving you a greater understanding of that industry.

Please click on a course below to find out more information including dates:

Welding Course

Anyone Can Weld

Axe Making UK with Swedish Master Fredrik Thelin from Gransfors bruks Axe Forging for Blacksmiths Axe Making Course UK Dorset Axe Forging Course UK Dorset

Axe Making for Beginners

Basket Making Course

Basket Making

Blacksmith Course Experience Begginer One Day


Be a Blacksmith

for the Day


Blacksmith Course Dorset Somerset Tool Making

Blacksmith's Tool Making

Cob Construction

Cob maintenance

earth and cob oven course at dcrs with rob buckley Earth & Cob Ovens blacksmithing course knifemaking dorset somerset south west

Knife Making Weekend


Glassblowing Day

Lime Rendering

Lime Day

Straw Bale Construction


Straw Bale Construction

spoon carving dorset hand carved spoons hardwood

Spoon Carving



Village Blacksmith experience


Glassblowing taster day







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