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Sussex Trug Making Appreciation Course

Sussex Trug Making Appreciation Course

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Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to steam and bend both chestnut and the willow used for the boards of the Trug. The final part will involve assembling their Trug to take home and cherish. There will also be an information period at the beginning of the course when participants will learn some of the history of this most famous of Sussex Crafts.

Robin Tuppen has over 35 years of experience in the making of the South Down Modern Trug and some 30 years in making the Royal Sussex Traditional Trug. Over the years Robin has promoted this unique Sussex Craft all over the world and his companies have attended numerous international shows, including in the USA and Japan where his trugs were admired by the crowned Prince at a trade show in Tokyo. He has been a director of Gardenex for over 16 years. Gardenex is a trade association devoted to the export of British gardening products and Robin was chairman for almost four years. During that time he also sat on a Department of Trade & Industry Gardening Task Force and helped arrange promotional shows in the gardens of the British Embassy in Paris and at a hotel in Brussels. He has also attended many shows throughout England, Belgium, France, Germany and The Netherlands.
Robin gives talks to local organisations about the History of Trug making and actively promotes education of his chosen craft whenever possible.

Chris Tuppen is a Master Trug Maker having guided two apprentices through to craftsmanship, Chris has worked at Thomas Smith’s for over 12 years and is a skilled tutor.

Caleb Pimm is a Craftsman Trug Maker having completed the three years of his apprenticeship with flying colours. He has helped tutor several courses at the Weald & Downland Museum assisting Chris.

This two day course runs on Saturday & Sunday

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

It is advisable to bring a pad and pencil.

All other tools and materials will be provided.

It is advisable to wear warm clothes. for some outside work.

£160 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees, cakes and biscuits. Please bring a packed lunch.


Robin Tuppen at Thomas Smith's Trug Shop
Red Lion Hall, New Road
Magham Down
East Sussex
BN27 1PN
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  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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