TRADITIONAL SUSSEX TRUG :: Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th April 2019



With John Carnell of 1066 Sussex Trugs, Hastings (sales via Carnell’s of Castle Cary)

Learn the secrets of hand-crafting traditional steamed Sussex Garden trugs made of ‘cricket bat’ Willow and Sweet Chestnut under the instruction of a traditional Sussex trug maker.

You will cleave the timber, shape panels, frame and handle with a drawknife, then steam the Chestnut and soak the Willow before assembling your trug with copper nails. This is a very special and rarely seen course which employs only hand tools and where you will construct your trug from tree to finish.

All tools are provided and the group will be small, no experience is necessary.


£225 (plus approximately £25 materials)



Other useful details ...

Courses run 10am – 4pm, we will be glad to welcome you for coffee from 9.45am.

A selection of teas, coffee and soft drinks are inclusive and served throughout the day.

Lunch is served as a ‘bring and share’ sit down buffet, please bring a small plate of food to share, or lunch can be provided by pre-booking at a cost of £5.

Each course has a detailed requirements list so you know if there is anything, in particular, you will need to bring or wear. We try and keep this minimal and supply most of what you need, but we know that people also like to bring their own ‘kit’ if they have it. Please ensure you read your list carefully and do ask if there is anything that isn’t clear!

We also offer 4* B&B accommodation please enquire or see our course accommodation page full details – it is worth noting that during course times we only have attendees staying here so our accommodation is not available through the usual online system.

Printable directions and Google Map links to help you find The Old Kennels can be found here (sat nav will not bring you to the door as being rural the postcode area is quite large).

For answers to some frequently asked questions about courses please click here.