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Neil Hopkins

Neil Hopkins of Forge Ways is the tutor for the Spoon Carving course here at the Centre for Alternative Technology.


Neil moved to the Dyfi Valley in 2007 to work as a Renewable Engineering Project Manager and to live a more sustainable way of life on a smallholding, nestled in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains.  


He has a passion for traditional skills and low impact ways of living, combined with a wealth of experience instructing in the outdoors.  Neil has diverse qualifications and experience of arboriculture, green wood working and bushcraft.


He can often be found amongst the mountains as a member of his local mountain rescue team.

He has developed his skills using traditional methods and hand tools such as shave horse, pole lathe, froe, axe, crook knife and creates beautiful spoons from wood gathered locally.

Neil delivers courses with a calm competency, enabling students to learn skills in a relaxed learning environment that is both mindful and along permaculture principles.