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 cordage and bark containers 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 cordage and bark containers course?
This 1 day course looks at 2 different topics, cordage and bark containers.
- You’ll 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.
- You’ll also 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.
You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
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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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.
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.
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.
Thank you for a fabulous day learning about cordage and containers in the woods. The great part was starting from scratch, preparing all the materials first before making a little container to take home.
It really was a great day with friendly people. Nicola and Gary are very knowledgeable, helpful and patient. The rustic, woodland setting is just gorgeous with plenty of tea to keep us going all day, aswell as a sumptious lunch prepared by Nicola. This is the third course I have booked with Jack Raven's Bushcraft and I've thoroughly enjoyed all three. Can't wait to book another one and learn some more.
This was my first course after learning skills solo for years, I knew it’d be good but was blown away on the day. The setup was fantastic, the camp of my dreams! The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Gary, Nicola and Bob were welcoming and engaging, so much so it eased my incredible nerves, if not for the introductions at the meeting point I’d have assumed everyone knew each other already, it was that friendly.
The subject itself was explained and we got stuck in before I knew it, not a second of time was wasted. Tools that most of us in the game are used to were readily available if needed – bahco Laplanders, mora companions (and gloves for the nettles).
Nicola provided a great spread for lunch, I was well happy to see a wild garlic relish! Hot drinks were available too.
Throughout the day, Gary and Bob ensured everyone got encouragement and guidance, I can’t emphasise enough how easy going and encouraging the vibe was. A lot was achieved, I came away with a sense of real satisfaction.
Sitting in my office now, sweet chestnut basket on show, I’m still smiley 2 days later. I’ll definitely be looking at more courses for future, and it will be with Jack Raven Bushcraft. I definitely was gifted the base of a skill I can now develop to higher levels.