Woven Bark Storage Basket
(next scheduled for 2021)
10.30am-4.30pm each day (Sat & Sun)
Venue: 70 acre ancient coppiced woodland on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
From tree to basket: come to the woods for two days and learn how to make a large, sturdy and long-lasting woven bark storage basket from sweet chestnut coppice, to take home with you.
On this in-depth woodland course you’ll forage all your materials, cutting and processing the bark. You’ll learn where, when and how to harvest it in a sustainable way, and you’ll weave your basket using nothing but the bark itself. Cut and used fresh, chestnut is particularly supple and pliable material.
Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you through all the stages of the making process, and there will be a range of sample baskets to handle. 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.
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 days, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.
Thank you so much for a wonderful, and I mean REALLY wonderful day learning about bark, 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, Brighton
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- 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.
See you in the woods!