Reed mace (‘bulrush’)

reed mace (bulrush) basketry courses in Sussex

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Reed Mace Basketry

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd Sept 2017

10.30am-4.30pm both days

Cost: £160

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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 two days in the woods making a basketry item of your choice, using foraged wild reed mace, Typha latifolia (often known as ‘bulrush’). It’s a lovely material to work with, and we’ll gather some of it on the day from the site. You’ll learn how to harvest, store and process this useful basketry plant. You’ll be guided through all stages of the making process to help you have a good understanding of the techniques.

017 resizedThe course has been expanded this year to allow time for you to make your own specialist tool (to take away with you), which you’ll be using on your basket. You’ll use flint and stone tools to make this out of bone, just as our ancient ancestors may have done.

There will be a range of sample baskets to hand to inspire you and help you decide what to make. With a couple of days at our disposal there will be time to really get stuck into the making process. Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you.

Beginners are welcome, and for those with some previous experience it’s a great opportunity to consolidate or expand your knowledge.

Ruby, thank you for such a wonderful workshop. I thought it would be something special I could share with my sister, and it was even lovelier than I had hoped. Jane, Brighton

reed mace basketry courseTime 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- 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.