Bark basketry

Monday 8 May 2017


The course

Bark is a traditional material that has been used across the globe and it is therefore likely that our ancestors used this material in similar ways. This day course will cover a variety of designs and uses for bark including folded containers and woven craft work.

The tutor

John Rhyder is an expert naturalist specialising in outdoor skills and human relationships with the natural world. He offers intriguing knowledge about wildlife, tracking, plants and trees plus first hand experience of an impressive array of traditional and indigenous crafts.
After working as head instructor for Ray Mears, the international survival expert, he now runs his own company Woodcraft School offering training courses in bushcraft and nature awareness in West Sussex.

Participant information

The course will be limited to 8 participants.
Please wear sensible warm working clothes and sturdy footwear. You may wish to bring a notebook and pencil.
Please do not bring your own knives or any other cutting tools as you will be loaned appropriate equipment when necessary.


£70 per person to include all materials and use of tools, and teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open, or you may bring a packed lunch each day.

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 the University of York. Please telephone for further details.