Tudors in the Woods

A trip to the woods offers an opportunity to explore many of the traditional crafts of the British countryside. Woodland crafts were essential to Tudor life, providing the fire wood and charcoal that was the nations domestic and industrial fuel. Coppiced poles provided the materials that fenced many of our fields whilst the larger trees provided the timber that built homes and ships. A fascinating insight into a relaxed way of life, chatting to people tying faggots to fuel bread ovens, building clamps to make charcoal, whittling spoons and bowls, weaving baskets and making tent pegs.