Family Bark Containers

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Stitched Chestnut Bark Containers

One day

Not currently scheduled for 2017

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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

*This activity requires a degree of dexterity, so it’s suitable for children aged 10-16 who are used to using their hands and making things. We’ll be using sharp knives and other tools, and knife skills will be taught as part of the day (however, please note that on the course you’ll be responsible at all times for the child you bring with you).

bark knife sheath

Over the day, you’ll learn how to make a sturdy and long-lasting bark container to take home with you. Make a berry basket, a penknife sheath for your belt, or a container that hangs on the wall.
You’ll harvest the chestnut bark, learning where, when and how to harvest it in a sustainable way. Cut and used fresh, sweet chestnut is particularly supple and pliable to work with. You’ll leave with all the knowledge you need to make a bark container from start to finish.

This is a wonderful opportunity to share a creative outdoors activity, and have some quality time together away from the demands of daily life. The day is designed to support you both in developing new skills and a love and appreciation of the natural world.

The whole family had a fantastic weekend in the woods! I love the way you structured it. We all loved playing the games as well as of course creating! You clearly have a lot of knowledge and experience and I am so glad that we had the chance to learn some of that. Cara H, Bristol

Limited to 10 people in total, no previous basket-making experience needed, but suitable only for age 10 and up.

The course leader is Ruby Taylor. A qualified, experienced  teacher and maker, she is DBS checked.