Woven Bark Containers
12/13 May 2018
10.30am-4.30pm each day
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 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.
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, and you’ll weave your basket together 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. Places are limited to 10 participants to ensure individual attention.
Some time will be set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the weekend 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: 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.