Robin, Chris and Caleb


Our Trug Makers are from Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop which has been in existence for 190 years.  Robin Tuppen started making Trugs back in 1983 and is now a Grand Master Trug Maker and a member of the Basket makers’ Association and a Yeoman Member of the Worshipful Company of Basket makers.

Chris has been making Trugs for about 20 years and has successfully guided three apprentices through their training in order to become a Master Craftsman.  Caleb is currently tutoring two apprentices; one is almost ready to start his third and final year and the second is a first-year apprentice.

Courses with Robin, Chris and Caleb

Make a Sussex Trug Weekend

Make a Sussex Trug Weekend

This course is a practical introduction to the craft of Trug making skills and techniques. You will learn from experienced local craftsmen all about the history of the Trug and be guided through the process to make your own Trug to take home.