Who’s it for?
Based at our ancient woodland camp in Kent, this 1 day course has been put together for anyone who would like to learn 2 of the most important, but often overlooked, skills in bushcraft – how to make cordage and containers from the materials supplied to us by mother nature, such as nettles and various barks.
You don’t have to be an avid bushcrafter to benefit from this course, anyone with an interest in the natural world will leave with a new found respect for the versatility of many common plants and trees.
What will I do?
This 1 day course looks at 2 different topics, cordage and containers.
- You will learn how to collect and prepare various plants and trees that can be used to make cordage, such as nettles, brambles, lime bast and the inner bark of sweet chestnut.
- With the materials prepared, we’ll show you how to make a simple 2 ply cord and then,
- How to plait them to make a more substantial piece of cordage.
- We will also show you how to harvest and prepare sweet chestnut inner bark to make a basket. We’ve got some that are now many years old and have seen us in good stead on our foraging trips.
- If time permits we’ll also make some shrink pots from birch bark, sewn together with some of the cordage that you made earlier and pinned using the thorns from hawthorn.
All materials and tools are provided.
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You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: 8
Catering: Lunch provided
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.
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Brilliant. Gary and his team are friendly and welcoming.On this course you will firstly learn how to prepare and make cordage from nettle stems. Then the bulk of the day is spent making a basket from Sweet Chestnut bark. You are shown how to source the raw material from a sweet chestnut log before doing it yourself. Splitting the bark from the log is an extremly pleasant occupation and the resulting lathes are both pleasing to the eye and smell. Then, under Gary's tuition, you weave a lovely little basket that has many uses. The whole day in conducted in delightful surroundings in the Jack Raven campsite. Lunch is provided and includes a number of tasty, locally foraged, foods.All in all, a great experience and great value for money. I love seeing these crafts passed on.Thank you everyone.