Woven Bark Containers
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May 2017
10.30am-4.30pm each day
Cost £160 Book now
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
Come to the woods for two days and learn how to make a good-sized, sturdy and long-lasting woven bark container from sweet chestnut to take home with you. A perfect way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend.
On this in-depth woodland course you’ll forage all your materials: cutting the chestnut and then processing the bark fully. You’ll learn where, when and how to harvest bark in a sustainable way. Cut and used fresh, chestnut is particularly supple and pliable to work with.
There is also a Willow Bark Containers evening class scheduled for June, where you can learn the stitched bark technique.
There will be a range of sample baskets to handle, and you’ll weave your basket together using nothing but the bark. Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you through all the stages of the making process. 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. Places are limited to 10 participants.
Some time will be set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the day a nourishing as well as a learning experience.
Thank you so much for a wonderful, and I mean REALLY wonderful day learning about bark, fire making and connecting to nature again, and all the good soul nourishing things that we did. I’m very pleased with my container. Mary said that the workshop was one of the best birthday presents she’s ever had! Amy H, Brighton
Accommodation: make a weekend of it. 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.
Please note that the cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course.