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. Cordage 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. Containers 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. About us and the venue: Jack Raven Bushcraft was founded in 2011 and we've been delivering bushcraft, craft and foraging courses since then from our 30 acre private ancient woodland on the Kent Downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Courses in the summer are held outdoors in our woodland camp complete with covered work areas, an outdoor kitchen and a composting loo. Courses in the winter are held in our workshop in a converted barn.

What's included in the price?

A constant supply of tea and coffee. All materials and tools are provided.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



Jack Raven Bushcraft

with Craft Courses since 2013

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Stag dos
  • Weekends
  • Hen dos
  • Accommodation offered
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
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