This is a great way to use any charcoal you’ve made (see our charcoal making instructions blog) and gives the children something appealing to take home.
Chop elder branches with secateurs. Cut a variety of sizes to match the bits of charcoal you have.
Remove the pith in the middle of the elder with a tent peg or palm drill or one of our specially designed depithers.
Whittle the end of the elder stick to a point if you want it to look like a pencil. We’ve found they are stronger if left blunt.
Gently insert the charcoal into the elder. The charcoal is very fragile.
Create your master piece