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Build a Withy Deer

Mentored by Martin Brockman
Organisation links:
Outdoor Studios
Location address: Peasmarsh, Nr. Rye, TN31 6TF
Chosen age group:

For ages: 10 - 18 years

Available tickets:
Standard £115
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest


Join me in Grist Wood where you will be learning how to make a deer sculpture from willow, hazel or hornbeam, depending on what is available. Grist Wood is a working coppice woodland so we will have access to plenty of materials for building. The facilities are basic, there is a covered area to work under if needed and access to a compost toilet. If you have a pair of secateurs and stout gardening gloves, please bring them in case we don't have enough. Sturdy boots and all weather clothing is advised. We will provide refreshments and a lovely campfire lunch, please let me know if there is anything you can't or don't want to eat. The price is per sculpture, please book for the oldest child and other family members can join in. The maximum group size is 4. This is normally a family activity, if you have an older teenager who you would like to leave unsupervised please message me first to discuss.

Martin Brockman
Martin Brockman has been teaching woodland sculpture across Britain for many years. His roots are in the orchards of Kent, where his family had worked the land for generations. Martin kept his link with the land, by working with clay, he studied ceramics at Farnham, the heart of William Cobbett country. After college, Martin toured extensively with Welfare State International - world famous site specific theatre group. He has worked in many different materials; ceramics, fire, wood and different forms of printing. Martin regularly exhibits at the black shed gallery in Robertsbridge and has taught regularly for Blackbird Arts, ACRES and is a founder member of Outdoor Studios.

Learning aims

How to use secateurs, loppers and a bow saw safely.

Strengths to develop

It is hard work! Children will need to carry and choose materials. Sometimes needing strength and dexterity to manipulate the withies. There will be plenty of intricate ties needed to secure the sculpture at various points.

What's provided






Enhanced DBS

Public Liability Insurance

First Aid Training

First Aid Kit

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

we'll be

Grist Wood, Mackerel Hill, Peasmarsh, Nr. Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6TF

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £115

Pricing information


My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.


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