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Basketry and bark work weekend

Basketry and bark work weekend


Course Location: Leicestershire

Course Time: 13:00 Friday - 12:00 Sunday

Course Duration: 3 days

Course size: 10

Course Age Range: 18+

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

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Basketry and bark work weekend

A weekend of basketry and harvesting, processing and crafting beautiful items from a range of tree barks.

This weekend course is running as a component part of our exclusive Primitive Skills Year course which looks at combining an exciting range of practical stone-age skills in a sequential 10 module package. 

Here we are offering you the extra choice of simply cherry picking a singular module of this longer duration course and creating for yourself a focused look at exactly the skills you may wish to cover.  

Our British woodlands are crammed with incredible natural materials that had huge significance for the lives of our ancestors and during this course you have the opportunity to craft several baskets, containers and utilitarian items that make life in the woods not just possible but pleasurable.

Initially we will look at familiarising you with the basics of weaving with willow where we guide you through making a simple round basket. We will use commercially acquired weaving willow but will cover with you how to go about harvesting natural alternatives from our woodlands. With a good grasp of several weaving styles and paterns we will progress onto forming a simple Cray fish pot.

We have specially granted permissions to fish the local water ways for the invasive Signal or Red Crayfish and on this we will guide you through the holistic process of making and using a Cray pot entirely from natural materials to humanely trap and dispatch this pest species.

You will leave the course fully educated in the best working guidelines for operating Cray trapping licenses and how to go about equipping yourself with the necessary gear and how to ensure it all conforms to current legislation surrounding the protection of other water/ wetland species.

Our instructors will be on hand to discuss the legalities of using cray fish traps and will point out the relevant authorities to consult should you wish to apply for your own license once you have some guided experience under your belt.

We will operate out of our stunning Oxfordshire woodlands from a rustic woodland camp where there will always be a kettle on for hot drinks. We will break for meals at 12:00 and 18:00 but activities will likely continue into the evening in keeping with our more specialist weekends gaining you the maximum opportunity to get hands on experience.

Our final subject area to guide you through is the sensitive acquisition of tree barks for weaving containers. Our woodlands boast a fantastic diversity of tree species and we you will be shown the different properties and methods of preparing each unique type of bark.

You will leave the course with a range of craft items and hopefully a lasting
impression of just how useful our woodlands have been to our species through our history and how useful they continue to be once you know where to look.

If you have any questions on any of the above please do get in touch.

  • Leicestershire - Belvoir Castle Estate


    With very kind permission of the Duke and Dutchess of Rutland, our courses here are set within the stunning private 16000 acre Belvoir Castle estate boasting truly beautiful areas of ancient woodland.

    The venue is located just outside the village of Nipton in rural Leicestershire around 6 miles west of Grantham. Our main base is set within a remote 400 Acre solid block of Woodlands, with no road noise or light pollution, and with access to the wider Estate. With 31 of the 32 species of native trees the canopy is simply stunning, and the vast acreage provides us with plenty of scope for renewable resources. As you would expect, there is an abundance of wildlife and flora.

    We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events. Toilet facilities are provided by means of composting toilets and there are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

    If arriving for a course please do not head to the Castle, in order to protect the privacy of the family. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at info@woodland-ways.co.uk and we’ll call you back.

If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.