Courses with Native Hands

Wild Pottery, Wild Basketry and Bushcraft courses* at Dernwood, with tutor Ruby Taylor of Native Hands

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the woods Ruby runs her popular craft courses most weekends between April and October. They’re called ‘Wild’ because you’ll forage your crafting materials from the land and hedgerows- brambles, grass, bark, reeds, and more.

Native Hands courses have evolved out of a love of making things in the natural world using natural materials, alongside a deep interest in ancient crafts and technologies. Connecting with the living world, with ancestral knowledge and keeping traditional skills alive, are core aspects of Ruby’s courses.

“It’s easy to take the objects and resources we use in our daily lives for granted, so it’s really valuable to experience the whole cycle of production: harvesting / gathering materials in a sustainable way, processing them and finally creating a useful and beautiful object. It’s an empowering opportunity to learn and develop practical, life-long skills.”

*Courses are designed for adults (except for Family Wild Pottery in July, but young people aged 16+ are very welcome on all courses if accompanied by a participating adult.

Booking is essential for all courses, and you’ll find all the details on Ruby’s website

Just fabulous. Fun, creative, incredibly informative (Ruby’s hugely inspiring teaching) and in a place of such simple beauty. Way beyond all hopes, a treat of an experience that I shall never forget – shared with lovely people. Steve, Brighton




Native Hands courses