Sweet chestnut bark is a superb material to make baskets with being both strong and flexible. On this two day course students will be shown how to prepare bark and then to weave a small basket with a bent ash handle.

Day one will begin with looking at tree bark and the different ways it can be utilised in basketry. We will also discuss how to source, gather and store the bark. Practical work will begin with bending the blanked out handles into forms ready for day two. Then once the students have prepared the bark we will start weaving a square bottomed twill weave basket.

On the second day students will go on to complete the weaving and borders of their basket, focusing on different rims and how to fit handles.

This course is suitable for both beginners and experienced basket makers. All tools and materials will be provided. Please feel free to bring a work apron.


Course Leader - Nick McMillen

Nick has been teaching outdoor living skills and rural crafts since 2004. He takes great enjoyment from the whole process of harvesting through to creating with natural materials and takes inspiration from traditional and indigenous crafts and skills, in particular plant fibre and tree bark basketry, and traditional bow making. Nick adds to this his own careful design, creativity and high standard of finish.


Course times: 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Includes a delicious organic lunch each day.

This is a non-residential course. Please contact us if you would like to book accommodation in our eco-guesthouse.