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Cordage Workshop with Chris Woodland
Saturday 27 April 2024, 10:00am - 01:00pm

In this introductory workshop, learn about the different natural materials we can make cordage from, where to find them, how and when to harvest and process them. You will look at a variety of natural fibres and how they were used in prehistory.

Although rarely preserved in the archaeological record, simple cordage was a crucial part of prehistoric everyday life. In this day and age, it is easy to take a simple piece of string for granted. In prehistory, the invention of cordage was a significant technological step. It allowed people to make everything from nets, ropes, bags and traps to storage vessels, complex structures and eventually, textiles.

Our ancestors had the knowledge of the natural world to provide the materials and the skill to make a variety of different cordage products.

Most of the workshop will be hands-on, working with a number of different natural materials. You will process fibres and learn several different techniques to make them into cordage, depending on your interests.

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Location Creswell Crags