A hands-on adventure at a woodland 10 minutes from Exeter University


A hands-on adventure at a woodland 10 minutes from Exeter University

What Is Trusted Bond?

Trusted Bond is an art adventure for individuals and groups.

Sometimes we experience a disparity of relationships between things. Much rests on our capacity to accommodate differences in our own inner landscapes. Trusted Bond provides a powerful experience that enhances relationships in the workplace, in families and communities.

We create spaces where individuals can come together with others to make something unique and beautiful. Together, we’ll explore forming relationships using axes and other hand tools.

Through creative work with tools, you will gain insight into how individuals relate to one another through expressing emotions whilst engaged in the making of shape and form with matter.

You will be encouraged to experience a playful joy whilst noticing the group’s connections and disparities. The facilitators create a space of safety and freedom, supporting each individual and encouraging them to use the hand tools to express how they are feeling.


Learn to work within a diverse group, whilst also undertaking a journey of self-discovery through art.



Experience working wood with axes and other blades. Learning alongside a highly experienced teacher will give you competence and confidence.


Creative work in a natural setting is a beautiful way to feel your place among things.

BE UNIQUE, together

Tongether, we will notice our unique qualities and celebrate the positive benefits of difference.

An Art Adventure

The art adventure involves a practical experience of destruction, chaos , fragmentation and ultimately creating something beautiful together.

The work employs two main approaches. You will learn to make creative decisions informed by aesthetic discernment. You will also learn about ‘somatic intution’, learning through touch and sensory connection.

Each person will leave with new skills to support them in making choices that enable them to hone the ability to oscillate just off the centre of their own harmonies.

Available to individuals, families, work colleagues and strangers meeting for the first time.

Our mobile workshop provides an opportunity for the experience to take place in a location of your choosing.

The first two workshops are for anyone over the age of 16 and the 3rd workshop is for over 18s only.

Weekend 1


Learn to carve with axe, fire and water
Weekend 2


Shaping and forming using a variety of bladed tools
Weekend 3


Axe strike effortlessly, making your mark in the moment


About James

James Bond

James Bond is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He holds a degree in Fine Art, Sculpture from St Martin’s School of Art, London.

He has been carving wood and deepening his art practise for 44 years.

For over 25 of those years he has designed, managed and run social art projects for the public in their own settings, with a specific focus on working with young men, in collaboration with public bodies in the South West of England. These are now run through a Community Interest Company (CIC) which he set up: Carving Community. In 2013 a police study found that one of these projects, at Beacon Heath Arena Park, resulted in a 98% reduction in anti-social crime in the area.

In the Jubilee year he was presented to her Majesty the Queen at Exeter University. In 2009 he was also sent by the Home Office to The Hague to represent the UK in the European Crime Prevention Awards.

James started out as a trapper, fisher and hunter, working from 13 to 16 on a Devon country estate as a gamekeeper’s assistant and wood carver. He emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 21, working in the timber industry and as a self-employed carver, theatre prop and set maker.

He then traveled extensively, later returning to the UK and gaining his first class honours degree in Fine Art at the age of 30.

In 1995, James met cultural thinker James Hillman in Devon and was invited to study with him in the USA. James later became Artist in Residence at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.

The influence of Hillman and his request to break art and creativity out into the everyday has been James’s pursuit for the past 27 years and has taken art projects into the public’s own settings, including others in a creative adventure as a part of their everyday.

From October 2014 to April 2017, James was employed by Age UK Exeter as the Manager of the Men In Sheds project. In this role he was responsible for supervising and supporting two paid staff plus a team of volunteers and ensuring the older men who used the project really got the most out of it.

Men In Sheds provides meaningful activity, company and support to around 60 older men with a wide range of needs from loneliness and isolation to physical and sensory disabilities and mild dementia.

Alongside the community work James has made artworks which include sculpture for upstate New York and many public and private commissions in the UK, working mostly in wood and bronze castings.



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