Cordage & Containers

cordage | bark containers | nettles | brambles | sweet chestnut

What’s it about?

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 bark containers and cordage from the materials supplied to us by mother nature, such as nettles, brambles and various inner barks.

You don’t have to be an avid bushcrafter to benefit from this course, anyone with an interest in the natural world or craft will leave with a new found respect for the versatility of many common plants and trees.

What will I do on this bark containers and cordage course?

This 1 day course looks at 2 different topics, bark containers and cordage, all made from natural materials that we can sustainably harvest from the woodland.


  • You’ll 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.

    Other information

    Location: Westwell, Kent

    Duration: 1 day

    Start: 10am

    End: 4pm

    Course size: 8

    Catering: We’ll provide tea & coffee, you’ll need to bring a packed lunch

    Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.

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    by Kathryn Barton on Jack Raven Bushcraft

    Great relaxed day at a beautiful woodland site. The course was interesting and informative with a nice, steady pace and teaching methods.

    by Sofia on Jack Raven Bushcraft
    Cordage and Containers - Well worth it. A great day out.

    So satisfying to start with a log and end up with a functioning basket. Looks simple; takes a bit of practise weaving all the strands in and out, but with great teaching and clear, patient instruction, everyone succeeded. Fascinating to learn how to make something so essential as string from something as everyday as nettles. Gary, Nicola and Willow the dog are very welcoming, full of knowledge to share, and have a beautiful camp in the woods. Nice to be hands on and learn something new. Highly recommended.

    by Paula Palmer on Jack Raven Bushcraft
    Cordage and Container

    Thank you so much Gary and Nicola for a lovely day. Great new skills to learn, which I will be using with my students in Forest School.

    by Lance Thompson on Jack Raven Bushcraft
    Cordage and container

    A Challenging and very rewarding course. Really happy with the way my cordage and basket turned out. Gary uses simple easy to understand techniques here to achieve amazing results. The pay off for the work you put into this is so worth it. I Highly recommended.

    by Jodie on Jack Raven Bushcraft
    Loved every minute of it!

    Beautiful camp, lovely helpful staff, learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed. Cant wait to put my new skills to the test! Definitely going to be booking another class soon.

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