Willow Bark (evening class)

willow bark container & cordageWillow Bark

A course of two evening classes

Two consecutive Thursdays: 8th & 15th June 201

Time: 7-9.30pm

Cost: £80 for the course of two sessions (includes materials and refreshments both evenings)


Venue: One The Square, Lewes Rd, Forest Row, East Sussex. RH18 5HA

To Book: contact Magda at One The Square on 07973 289907, or email her info@onethesquare.co.uk Please note: bookings for this course are not being taken through the Native Hands booking system.

The willow is an amazing tree, giving us all kinds of resources. It’s much-loved by basketmakers throughout history. In this course of two classes you’ll get a hands-on insight into why that is, by making a bark pouch and cordage from locally foraged wild willow.

Cordage Course with Native Hands in Sussex

These pouches have beautiful textures and interesting natural features. They’re also great for storing small items in… or for simply enjoying as a beautiful object.

Cordage is arguably one of humankind’s most important inventions and underpins many other crafts and technologies. Willow bark is an ideal material for this. Once you’ve made some of your own, you’ll never look at a humble ball of twine in the same way again.


This course is an ideal introduction to working with bark and making cordage. For more in-depth learning of these crafts, have a look at the one-day woodland Wild Cordage (string) course, and the woodland Bark Containers course.

Loved both the Bark Containers course and the Wild Cordage one. Ruby makes ancient techniques simple and achievable, and imparted a vast amount of knowledge in bite-sized chunks. Totally inspired and can’t wait to make more! Matthew & Julie Bruton-Seal, authors of ‘Hedgerow Medicine’

One The Squarebasketry evening classes in Sussex  is a vibrant hub for showcasing regional crafts. It’s also a great cafe, and Magda will be providing us with delicious refreshments of cake and a hot drink both evenings.

Spaces are limited to 10 participants, so advance booking is essential. Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Designed for adults, anyone over the age of 16 is welcome.