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Bark Basket Day

Duration: 1 day

Price: £80

Book with: Gary Johnston
at Jack Raven Bushcraft

Dunn Street Farm
Dunn Street
Westwell, Ashford
TN25 4NJ

Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

Based at our ancient woodland camp in Kent, this 1 day course has been put together for anyone who would like to learn how to make cordage and containers from the materials supplied to us by mother nature, such as nettles and various barks.

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.

This 1 day course looks at 2 different topics, cordage and 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.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

tea and coffee
All materials and tools are provided

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