9.30am to 4.30pm

The course

This hands on course covers the basics of net making, including making a diamond meshed net in hammock or ‘purse’ net form. The course will cover net repairs, knitting nets with natural and man made fibres. Finally details of using nets in a traditional manner for country inland activities will be considered.

The tutor

Jon Hutcheon is from West Sussex and is involved with many diverse rural pastimes. These include coppicing and hedgelaying, Jon is renowned for his traditional methods of pest control including the use of nets with and without the aid of ferrets. Jon hand makes nets and also knives for rural pursuits. This accompanies his keen interest in bushcraft and survival. He has written for rural magazines and as three books published.

Participant information

All equipment will be provided. You are welcome to bring net needles, mesh boards and twines but use of these can not be guaranteed.
Maximum number of students will be 8.
You will work individually and be taught step-by-step, and by watching the tutor.


£50 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits.  It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses.  The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by Bournemouth University. Please telephone for further details.

To book, download a form here. Alternatively, fill in the booking request below. Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Make a Booking Request

This is an initial booking request form, and does not guarantee a place on the course. The Adult Learning Team will check the availability of the course, and reply to you as soon as possible - usually within one working day.