Making a Trug

Video - Making a Trug

Making a Trug

In winter, sweet chestnut poles, also known as 'coopers' or 'batts' are coppiced from local ancient woodland, split with a 'froe' (cleaving axe) and left to season for several months.

When ready, each piece is split again, the heartwood removed and the remainder, with the bark left on, is shaved with a drawknife to make a smooth handle and rim. These are steamed to make them pliable enough to bend round a wooden former and pinned into position for form the supporting framework of the trug.

The body of the trug is made from overlapping willow boards each one individually shaped and shaved with the drawknife and nailed into position.

Lastly, willow feet are added to give stability.

Cleaving (splitting) coppiced sweet chestnut poles
Steamed chestnut ready to bend around former
parts of a trug
Fitting feet
Pinning handle and rim framework together
Edging willow boards
Nailing soaked willow boards into framework
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