Sussex Trug basket making

Make a Traditional Sussex Trug – SOLD OUT

This course is fully booked.  Please email courses@wealddown.co.uk or call 01243 811021 if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

The Course

Over the two days you will learn how to make your own trug. You will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and the rim as well as how to steam and bend chestnut and the willow to form the boards of the trug.

The Tutors

Robin Tuppen has over 27 years of experience in the making of the South Down Modern Trug and some 20 years in making the Royal Sussex Traditional Trug. He has been a director of Gardenex for over 16 years. Gardenex is a trade association devoted to the export of British gardening products. He has also attended many shows throughout England, Belgium, France, Germany and The Netherlands.
Robin gives talks to local organisations about the History of Trug making and actively promotes education of his chosen craft whenever possible.

Chris Tuppen is a Master Trug Maker having guided two apprentices through to craftsmanship, Chris has worked at Thomas Smith’s for over 10 years and is a skilled tutor.

Caleb Pimm is a Craftsman Trug Maker, having finished his apprenticeship in August 2017. He has taught at several courses at the Weald & Downland Museum assisting Chris and is currently guiding a second year and first year apprentice through their apprenticeships.

Participant Information

It is advisable to bring a pad and pencil. All other tools and materials will be provided. The course takes place in the Downland Gridshell and it is advisable to wear layers as the building can be cool.

Fee & Refreshments

£200 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know in advance

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Sat–Sun 11–12 November 2023






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