Stitched Bark Containers
Saturday 4 May 2019
Venue: we’ll be based in 70 acres of ancient coppiced woodland, on a family-run working farm. A peaceful and beautiful setting. Dernwood Farm Waldron, Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
From tree to basket: come to the woods for a day and learn how to make a long-lasting stitched bark container from sweet chestnut, to take home with you. Designed to hang on the wall, and perfect for storing your spoon collection, paint brushes etc.
You’ll forage all your materials: cutting the chestnut and then processing the bark. You’ll learn where, when and how to harvest bark in a sustainable way, and you’ll make your basket using nothing but the bark. Cut and used fresh, chestnut is particularly supple and pliable to work with.
Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you through all the stages of the making process, and there will be a range of sample baskets to handle. You’ll leave knowing all you need to make a bark container from start to finish.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention and a satisfying learning experience.
Some time will be set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the weekend a nourishing as well as a learning experience.
Just fabulous. Fun, creative, incredibly informative (Ruby’s hugely inspiring teaching) and in a place of such simple beauty. Way beyond all hopes, a treat of an experience that I shall never forget – shared with lovely people. Rebecca, Brighton
Accommodation: camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options- cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners.