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Workshop/Course, Mon 14 - Tue 15 May 2018

Trug Shop

Trug Shop


We are often asked if we provide courses about Trug making. We do, but on the strict understanding that, by attending one of our course, students will not be qualified Trug makers and able to start their own business making Trugs! It takes at least one year of full time work in our workshops for one of our apprentices to be proficient enough to make all of the eight sizes of Garden Trug, and a further two years to be fully competent in making the Flower, Oval, Fireside Log, Square, Bowl, Cucumber, Oblong and Walking Stick Trugs. Then, and only then, is the apprentice elevated to the status of Craftsman. It takes at least a further six years to become a Master Craftsman. During that time the Craftsman will have tutored two apprentices him/her self.

We run courses at the Weald & Downland Open Museum in Singleton, near Chichester, at the Buckingham Summer School in the county town of Buckingham, and at our own workshops in Herstmonceux. Please see website listings for course dates and contact details for the other two organisations.

Students will be given a slide show and talk about the history of the Trug and where it is today in our modern society.

During the two days of the course students can expect to make a presentable Trug to take home with them. The tutors will show how to cleave, shave, steam and bend the sweet chestnut for the handles and rims and how to bend the willow for the boards before assembling their Trug. All materials, tools and equipment are provided during the course.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopPublic toilets

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Mon 14 - Tue 15 May 2018


Price per student for the two day course at our workshop is £120 and you get to make a Trug that is worth £50 to take home with you. Maximum of 8 students per course.

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Mon 14 - Tue 15 May Sussex Trug Making Appreciation Course


Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop


Red Lion Hall,
New Road,
Magham Down,
BN27 1PN



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Map reference: TQ 609114  Lat: 50.87987 Long: 0.28606

From the A22 Eastbourne/London road take the A271 bexhill/Herstmonceux road at the Boship roundabout. Continue down this read to Magham Down and we are about 100 yards/metres on the right of the road after the Olde Forge Hotel.

From Bexhill take the A269 road and from battle the A271 Road, both of which join west of Ninfield and come to Herstmonceux. Magham Down is about 2 miles west of Herstmonceux and we are on the main road. Long green tin building in the field is us.

The No.98 bus passes right by our workshop from Bexhill and Hailsham and the stops are adjacent to us. Ask for the Magham Down bus stop.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Polegate station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets

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