Gypsy flowers are wooden flowers carved using either knife or on a shavehorse using a drawknife.
Traditionally they were made and sold by the travelling community from hedgerow materials. Once the flowers were made they were often dyed to add a splash of colour.
The techniques used to make these flowers encourage and improve hand eye coordination and the development of fine motor skills. Making flowers can be very satisfying, as it allows the individual to produce something beautiful in a relatively short time.
Hazel is probably one of the best materials to work with, although it is worth trying a number of different species to see how different wood can be used.
This is normally a half day course but can be combined with other courses