Bone Needles

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Bone Needle-Making

One day

Saturday 1st July 2017



Cost: £80    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

Spend a day in the woods making bone needles using Stone Age tools and techniques to work deer bone into these beautiful and useful needles. You can also make bone beads if you choose, which have a special quality as jewelry, especially when strung on cordage you’ve made yourself (you can join the Cordage course for this).
Other items made from these materials will be on hand for you to look at and handle. And we’ll consider the historical context, with reference to the Paleolithic. You’ll probably go home with a new sense of respect for the technical skills of Stone Age peoples.

Join the Grass Baskets course in September (the July Grass Baskets day is now fully booked), and use your needle to stitch your grass basket, just as our ancient ancestors would have done.

stone and flint tools

Time will be set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the course a nourishing as well as a learning experience.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Places are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

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, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. Please note; the cost of camping isn’t included in the course.

Thank you Ruby for a lovely day. The site is perfect and sitting by a fire in those woods a joy in itself. I am also glad that you kept us aware of the source of our materials and that the deer which provided them was not forgotten in the process. Engaging with nature needs honesty. Thanks also to my course mates for their good and interesting company. CB, Salisbury.