Rustic Crafts

A small group met at Westonbirt Woodworks for our Rustic Crafts morning. The session was run by Jane Gray Wallis an Independent Coppice Worker based at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Jane taught us how to make a mallet from a small log using a saw and an axe. The children then decorated their while their Mums got to make one too. 

The mallets then became an essential tool for our next project making a three legged stool. Just the right size for younger ones to sit on and for those of us a little older to use as a table for a cup of something.

Everyone was so enthusiastic and really enjoyed the experience of creating something useful and beautiful from logs and branches. The children loved getting to use an axe!take place.

As we are increasingly finding the time spent being creative out doors with natural materials provides a nurturing quiet space that allows friendships, shared conversations and healing to take place.

"Great morning. I feel enthused and inspired. Lovely surroundings. An easily achievable project, well explained. Great cake too!

S (6 year old son) liked making the mallet. Loved the axe action. We don't have one but will be getting one. S said we are having such a lovely day here. Thank you Emma and Jane." J.K.


"Had a lovely morning, thank you. Nice spending time together, but also lovely being around others. We found skills we didn't realised we had!! Lovely place, lovely items we made. Thak you Emma and Jane,. It was good for J (9 yr old son) to realise he wasn't alone. The cake was scrummy!! Thank you again so much, a boost we needed. T.S. 


"Today was very fun and it made me fell better, thank you"  H.A. 9 yrs