Immerse yourself in making a selection of beautiful, practical containers. On this four day course you will be focusing on ‘bushcraft’ containers with specific traditional uses. Our projects have been inspired by anthropological finds and archaeological discoveries as well as skills learnt from other crafts-people both locally and further afield. It will be a calm and creative course with a small group of like-minded people, in a peaceful young woodland in the stunning Lake District National Park.
We will be working entirely with natural materials using traditional techniques, although we do have modern tools available to borrow. We will be covering the harvesting, preparation and working of each material to ensure a thorough knowledge for you to build on after the course. We will also teach a number of associated skills required to complete these projects – from the preparation of root bindings and natural cordage to natural glues. The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. We will guide you through the learning process at every stage and there will be plenty of time to complete and refine projects in the evenings around the campfire.
All of the containers you make will have a traditional use steeped in history such as willow crab-pots or birch bark containers for boiling water. There will be numerous smaller projects over the four days to ensure you return home with a collection of functional natural containers that you have made yourself. Most importantly you will gain a working knowledge of the techniques needed to enable you to continue to practice and make more items using your new skills.
- Days: Sun PM – Thurs PM (4 Nights)
- Location: Lake District, England
- Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
- Activity: Containers from: bark, plant-fibres, willow, bone
- Group Size: 6-10
- Physical Rating: Easy
- Date: 2022 TBC
- Venue: Lyth Valley, The Lakes
- Peeling bark
- Bark containers
- Flat woven baskets
- Rush work
- Willow crab-pot
- Flat weaving
- Coiled basketry
- Bone containers
- Sami needle case
- Simple leatherwork
- Natural glue
- Natural cordage
- This course is fully catered throughout – we do our best to source food that is wild, local, organic, seasonal and nutritious. (This negates the need to buy food and bring stoves, fuel and cooking gear – it also maximises your learning time with us).
- All fibres and course materials are supplied.
- Camping fees are included.
- We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.
duncan.gray519 (verified owner) –
Excellent course. Top quality instruction and materials. Great venue and good food. My first time trying the skills we learnt and surprised myself with what I could do. Now I’m hooked on weaving which Ive wanted to try for years. I felt that I totally “got it” with the weaving, made sense to me. Good to meet the other interesting course students, one of whom gave us a demonstration of wool spinning. Travelled home happy on the train with my crab pot and containers. Impressed others with what I brought home and can see that I could now make the birch bark containers for presents.
pedmartin01 (verified owner) –
I attended this course with curiosity, but with little hope of achieving much as my fingers are all thumbs.
However the quality of instruction was above and beyond, all aspects to were explained and demonstrated in such a manner that even the most ham fisted (like me), could produce baskets and bark pots of surprising utility.
I feel anyone with even a passing interest in weaving or bark working, would really appreciate the skills introduced on the course. For those with some experience in the field, I believe this course would allow them the chance to fine tune their craft.
Thank you Wildhuman for putting this course on, and for controlling the chaos in my creations.