“Totally fantastic. I made my first ever basket and feel confident about my ability to make another . I’m really inspired and feel enabled get my next basket project together! Ruby is so full of grace and knowledge and she imparts it in a such a super fun way. It really was a joy to attend this Wild Rose and Bramble Basketmaking course. The camping at the venue was great too. Happy days. Thanks Ruby.” Martin
“Thank you Ruby for a lovely day (bone needles). I surprised myself by managing to make not one but two. 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.” Caroline B, Salisbury.
Thank you for such a wonderful weekend of digging, potting and fire-making. We all had such a blast, and learned LOADS. Arthur practised his spark making all the way home in the car, and has continued this morning at the breakfast table… He’s going to have worn out his flint by the end of the week. We will be back again for more adventures. Steve S, Bristol (family wild pottery)
Loved both the Bark Containers day and the Wild Cordage one. 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! Matthew & Julie Bruton-Seal, authors of ‘Hedgerow Medicine’
Ruby delivered wonderful basketry workshops for our volunteer staff here at Stonehenge, within the unique setting of our Neolithic Houses. These peaceful and inspiring workshops gave our staff an opportunity to learn in-depth knowledge of the materials, skills, and techniques used by Neolithic people, to create objects essential for their daily life. This was an incredible opportunity for our volunteer staff to explore ancient skills that they can now demonstrate, bringing history to life for our visitors who come every day from around the world. Abigail Blake, Volunteer Manager, Stonehenge.
It occurred to me…that when sitting in a wood, in a sense you are being held in a huge, loose-woven, living basket of trees and plants, so there is a lovely symmetry in making a basket inside a natural basket. Catherine W, Sussex
We learned so much… yet the pace was never rushed or stressful. Each part of the process was completely engrossing and I was able to be more fully present than I usually am in my daily life in the city. It’s hard for your thoughts to wander when you’re waving a smoking nest of grass in your hand, watching it burst into flames! It all felt so sane, human and natural. Yasmin K, Sussex (wild pottery)
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 F, Brighton (bark containers)
I wanted to thank you again for the lovely basket workshop. It was so relaxed yet focused, clear modelling with space to crack on and explore with your supportive skills and knowledge on tap. Richard S, London (grass baskets)
I thought this would be boring, but it’s fun. Isaac, aged 6, Brighton (family wild pottery)
Thank you so much for a wonderful, and I mean REALLY wonderful day learning about bark, and 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, Sussex (bark containers)
Really, really enjoyed those two days – we all felt very refreshed and inspired. I have my little pot on my desk to remind me of the wonderful experience. Simon M, Brighton (wild pottery)
The whole family had a fantastic weekend in the woods! I love the way you structured it. We all loved playing the games and making the tree faces as well as of course creating with the clay and the fires! 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 (family wild pottery)
It was an inspiring day. Ruby is a charming and dedicated instructor, and it was a pleasure to meet some like-minded people. Alan P, Sussex (wild cordage)
The rush basket class with Ruby was a delight ! We were taught the basics with patience and care, and there was just the right amount of time for working on and finishing our baskets in a relaxed couple of evenings.
Very enjoyable, and I learned a lot without really noticing, and ended up with a lovely little basket of my own. Alison H, Sussex.
I’d recommend these courses to anyone…because if I can do it anyone can! I’d been on several basket making courses over the years , with different teachers, and hadn’t managed to come away with anything other than a tangled mess and a belief that I couldn’t do it.
I loved the day with Ruby because we were out in nature, sitting around a fire and it all seemed very relaxed. I was very skilfully tutored and encouraged, met some lovely people, ate delicious food and generally had a great time! Not only did I leave the woods relaxed and happy at the end of the day, but I also came away with a very useful basket and a restored faith in my own abilities! Anne L, Sussex (grass baskets)
Ruby, what an amazing day we had with you making bramble baskets in the woods, sitting round the camp fire, and soaking up the spring, listening to the birds. So idyllic. Thank you. Tessa S, Oxford.
Thank you Native Hands for my thoroughly enjoyable day making a willow bark container. I came home with a beautiful container and new knowledge and skills …all in the beautiful surroundings at Wowo. A fabulous day. Lucy H, Sussex.
Picking the bramble prior to making the basket made me feel really connected to the finished product. I also felt the achievement of mastering the skill of turning an unwanted plant into something of beauty and use. Feeling the rain on your face makes you feel alive; hearing birdsong, you share the bird’s vitality and zest for life. Meike W, Croydon (bramble baskets)