Trug Making Course
Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th May 2019
10:00 - 17:00
Tutor: Dominic Parrette
Hot drinks included
ABOUT THE COURSE
This course will cover the construction of a traditional trug made from sweet chestnut and white willow. Learn from a professional trugmaker how to cleave, shave, steam-bend and soak the wood and make your own garden trug.
Students will make a no. 6 garden trug. Starting with a coppiced sweet chestnut pole, students will cleave, shave and steam-bend the handle and rim of the basket. The boards are then shaped and shaved from white willow before being soaked and nailed into place. White willow feet are then added to the basket.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE PARTICIPANTS
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
This course is designed for a range of abilities encompassing all levels of expertise, including beginners.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Dominic has been basketmaking for nearly twenty years and making trugs for over ten, initially working alongside Pete Marden at the Truggery. His basketry is predominantly frame baskets often incorporating split or cleft wood elements. The Sussex Trug is one of the local traditional frame baskets in East Sussex. His work is inspired by the Sussex landscape and incorporates locally harvested materials wherever possible.
"I found Dominic to be a patient and experienced craftsman who really seemed to enjoy sharing his knowledge with others."