Stitched Bark Containers

bark baskets



Venue: open air woodland setting in a 70 acre ancient coppiced wood on a family-run working  farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.

From tree to basket: come to the woods for a day and learn how to make a long-lasting stitched bark container. Designed to hang on the wall, perfect for storing your spoon collection, paint brushes etc.

You’ll forage all your materials, cutting and then processing the bark. You’ll learn where, when and how to harvest bark in a sustainable way, and you’ll make your basket using nothing but the bark. Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you through all the stages of the making process. You’ll leave knowing all you need to make a bark container from start to finish.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.

Make a weekend of it by also coming to Wild Cordage (May 20).

A light vegetarian lunch is provided, we’ll have have a kettle on the camp fire, plus a huge tarp on hand for cover in case we need it. I aim to offer you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all. To support you in getting the most from the day, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.

Just fabulous. Fun, creative, incredibly informative (Ruby’s hugely inspiring teaching) and in a place of such simple beauty. Way beyond all hopes, a treat of an experience that I shall never forget – shared with lovely people. Rebecca, Brighton

woven bark course
woven bark course

Accommodation: 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. The cost of staying at the farm is not included in the course.

Follow-on course: Woven Bark Containers

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See you in the woods!

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