Trug Making Appreciation Course

Trug Making Appreciation Course

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A Two Day Course



This course is a practical introduction to the craft of Trug making skills and techniques. You will learn from experienced local craftsmen all about the history of the Trug and be guided through the process to make your own Trug to take home. 



Course Programme:
Saturday & Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm


What To Expect:



1. Introduction to the History of Trug Making

The course commences with an hour's talk on the history of the Trug and an insight into what you will be doing over the weekend.   A Master Trug Maker will be present during the weekend to discuss Trugs and Trug Making with you, he will explain the process of trug making, its rich history and the current state of the industry. 

2. Have a go

Your two main instructors will be Master Trug Maker Chris Tuppen and Craftsman Caleb Pimm. Both of whom have lots of experience in running Trug Making Courses and will guide you through the Trug making process.  

The course is unhurried and you will obtain all the support you need from the instructors.


A fun, practical weekend learning traditional Trug Making skills.

You will take home a Trug that you have made over the weekend.

All materials and tools required to make your Trug will be provided.

Refreshments will be provided including a homemade cake.

 Please bring a packed lunch with you*

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.

What To Bring:

 Just bring your lunch and a pad and pencil if you wish to make notes

Please arrive at 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start


Course Tutors:
Robin, Chris, and Caleb



Our Trug Makers are from Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop which has been in existence for 190 years.  Robin Tuppen started making Trugs back in 1983 and is now a Grand Master Trug Maker and a member of the Basketmakers’ Association and a Yeoman Member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

Chris has been making Trugs for about 20 years and has successfully guided three apprentices through their training in order to become a Master Craftsman.  Caleb is currently tutoring two apprentices, one is almost ready to start his third and final year and the second is a first-year apprentice.



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Trug Making Appreciation Course with Robin Tuppen - 24th and 25th July 2021

Make a Sussex Trug - learn about the history and make your own Trug

£198.00 / ticket(s) *
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