Willow Basketmaking Workshop

£130.00

Private tuition
I offer sessions for individuals or small groups to learn the basics of traditional English basket making.
Workshop sessions run from 9:30 am and cost £130 for the day , so bring a friend!
During this time you will be able to learn about the craft and take back something handmade at the end of the session.
If you are interested, please get in contact to arrange a day for the workshop session.

£130.00 Location : Wiltshire

Private tuition I offer sessions for individuals or small groups to learn the basics of traditional English basket making. Workshop sessions run from 9:30 am and cost £130 for the day , so bring a friend! During this time you will be able to learn about the craft and take back something handmade at the end of the session. If you are interested, please get in contact to arrange a day for the workshop session.

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Course Details :-
  • In-Person Course
  • 9.30am - 4.00pm

It has been said that humans have an intuitive ability to weave a basket, just as a spider weaves its web or a bird makes a nest. The baskets I make are made using English willow, mainly sourced from the Somerset levels. I first ventured into basket making in 1985 by making rough hedgerow baskets as a hobby, then I obtained a placement with a Basket Maker in Somerset through the Rural Enterprise Scheme. My goal was, and remains, to keep the traditional basket making techniques alive and enable rural crafts to continue to provide an active place in the modern plastic age. I am continually amazed at the craftsmanship of old, and how they managed to achieve perfection in their work with such primitive tools and basic techniques. Country folk often had part of their garden set aside for growing willow to make baskets, as would farmers for making hurdles.

What's included in the price

all materials provided along with my undivided attention through out the day - you will make a round willow basket using traditional English basketmaking tools and techniques, learn the different types of willow, the basics of basketmaking along with examples of what is possible to make with willow. for more experienced weavers other options are available- please ask

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