The Family Foraging Kitchen C.I.C are fortunate to work closely with a number of skilled members from our local community and here’s how you can get in touch with them.
Inkle Loom Weaver
A fascinating man of many talents, from speaking Cornish to playing the mandolin, Mike is adept in the art of inkle loom weaving. This heritage skill uses a specialist loom, suitably sized for one’s lap, to weaving intricate braided tapes. The products created have amazing potential for patterns and colour, as well as being extremely durable, which is why they’re often used as guitar straps and dog leads!
Mike is eager to share his craft with individuals and seeks to teach others in one-to-one sessions. If you would be interested in learning how to operate and master the inkle loom, please contact us via email for Mike’s details.
Practitioner of numerous heritage skills
Robbie has supported the Family Foraging Kitchen since its inception, maintaining our Horsepool Education Centre and Apiary. He is a practitioner of numerous heritage skills, two of which are official classified as ‘endangered’, including straw skep weaving and hazel hurdle making. In addition to his crafts, Robbie is also a dedicated apiarist and lends his beekeeping support to the Rame Peninsula community.
Robbie’s craft courses are a regular part of our schedule. However, if you would like to make a private booking, please contact Robbie via email.
John Fairhurst is, alongside his many other skills, an experienced carpenter who especially enjoys sharing his bowmaking expertise. He regularly works with laburnum, sycamore, yew, elm, hazel, blackthorn and hawthorn, which he harvests and seasons himself and which are all from sustainable sources within the UK. He has also begun to work with bamboo, horn, animal sinew and rawhide, making his own glues from natural materials from sustainable sources.
John leads bowmaking classes in Cornwall as part of the Family Foraging Kitchen’s class schedule. If you’d like to get in touch with him directly, please email.
Lynn Kentish is an artisan willow weaver who has honed her practice over several years, creating a number of stunning products that range from garden structures to ornate strcutures. In addition to, contributing her craft to weddings, Lynn’s work has also appeared on television too!
Lynn teaches a variety of willow weaving classes as part of our Family Foraging Kitchen line-up, hosts her own workshops across Cornwall, and accepts commissions. Lynn can be contacted via email or through her website, which can be found here.
Vix is the expert and ethusiastic forager behind the Family Foraging Kitchen. She is dedicated to sharing her wild food knowledge alongside her passion for cooking, ensuring that people don’t just learn to forage but also how to prepare and eat wild ingredients in amazing ways too.
Vix teachers a number of classes throughout the year, including sessions specifically for children. In addition to these courses, Vix is also available for private foraging walks in Cornwall, online foraging mentoring sessions, and to host seminars on wild food culture. For more information, Vix can be reached via email.
Leon is a wild food educator living on the Rame Peninsula, sharing his passion and knowledge of wild food, as well as ecology and etymology, on foraging walks. Believing that our relationship with nature is fundamental to wellbeing, Leon draws from history and taxonomy, as well as his experience as a chef, to connect people with their local environment.
Leon’s courses can be found on our course schedule, along with booking options. Should you wish to contact him directly, please use the following email.
Sharon has been a forager for ten years and was introduced to the Family Foraging Kitchen in 2015, when attending one of Vix’s walks. She has previously run a wild wellbeing workshop and is now facilitating seasonal foraging walks for homeschooled children in Plymouth.
Sharon’s courses can be found on our course schedule, along with booking options. Should you wish to contact her, please use the following email.