Wild Cordage (string)

Cordage Course with Native Hands in Sussex

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Wild Cordage

One day

Saturday 5 May 2018


Cost £85
2019 dates will be confirmed soon, and you can hear about them via my newsletter or by checking the website again.

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

Learn how to make cordage (string) from a variety of seasonally available plants which we’ll forage for on the day. We’ll work with plants that need varying degrees of preparation to make cordage from. You’ll come away with a good understanding of the methods required to make cordages for various uses and from different types of fibres. A range of samples will inspire you on how to incorporate cordage into your own craft projects.

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String has many varied uses, and can be seen as the base of human culture. Some would argue that it’s one of the main skills that make us human as it’s been key to our survival and evolution as a species.  When you make your own, you’ll never look at a humble ball of twine in the same way again.

We’ll also have time set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the day a nourishing as well as a learning experience. Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Places limited to a maximum of 10 participants to ensure individual attention.

Make a weekend of it: join the Wild Fire-Making course the following day to enjoy a whole weekend in the woods…perfect way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend.
Camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you (along with B&B info) when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. Please note that the cost of camping is not included in the course.

Check out the Looped Cordage Basketry 2 day course in June, a development of this one-day course. You’ll find all the details here.

Loved the Wild Cordage day. 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! Julie & Matthew Bruton-Seal (authors of ‘Hedgerow Medicine’)