Discussion: Some history and context of basketmaking. Introduction to willow as a material; how it grows, grading, preparation.
Practical work: Making a round base, trimming your work.
Homework: Soaking willow, making round bases. Start album/ learning record.
Discussion: Accuracy of design making.
Practical work: Grading willow, selecting stakes and weavers. Stake up a base and continue- perform waling and English rand.
Homework: Repeat and learn new techniques. Bring a basket ready for its border and a spare base (about 20cm) for the next session.
Discussion: Working on a larger basket; how this affects the choices for design and materials.
Practical work: On a shopper, handling larger materials and more stakes. Make a wrapped bow handle. New skills in slyping.
Homework: Repeat project and learn new techniques. Soak handle bows. Bring bases ready for the next session.
Discussion: Design and techniques for baskets with curved sides.
Practical work: Shaping techniques, French randing weave – single and double, rod borders.
Homework: Practice all new techniques, especially borders. Make a border ‘dummy’. Bring two baskets ready for their borders for the next session.
Discussion and group work: more learning on rod borders.
Practical work: Making larger and wider bases, bases with an odd number of stakes. Project to make a wide basket or tray.
Homework: Make wide bases and odd-number bases. Bring one suitable for a log basket for the next session.
Discussion: Large baskets, materials and techniques needed, design choices.
Practical work: Make a log basket, slewing weave and hand holds.
Homework: Practice new techniques. Bring a half made basket and a finished one suitable to take handles for the next session.
Discussion: Uses of packing and twisted handles.
Practical work: Add packing and twisted rod handles to a basket project.
Homework: Practice packing and twisted rod handles.
Discussion: Review learning and identify areas for repeat demos and troubleshooting. Discuss how to progress with basketmaking.
Practical work: Work through with tutor to address and techniques or design issues as needed.
Timings: 10:00 – 16:00
Course cost: £360
Course dates: 24th Sept, 15th Oct, 19th Nov, 10th Dec 2022, 14th Jan, 11th Feb, 18th March & 8th April 2023
What's included in the price
During each taught session students will be introduced to skills and techniques through demonstration and practice. Each new practical skill is to be repeated and learned fully during the weeks between sessions. Group learning will also take place through discussion, and students will be given suggestions for homework involving research and basketry design, to build their understanding of the context and application of practical skills. An allowance for materials has been included; one traditional bundle of willow (or its equivalent) will be brought by the tutor ready prepared for each session, and any left over divided between students for practice at home. Students will need to purchase some basketry willow for themselves. After the first session, students must bring their own tools, the minimum being: SECATEURS, BODKIN, RAPPING IRON, KNIFE, WEIGHT, TALLOW CONTAINER Students will be advised on what might be needed for storage and soaking of willow, and some books recommended. Some written handouts by the tutor will be available, but students are expected to take notes and make drawings for themselves during taught sessions. The tutor will bring books for reference and any baskets needed as examples.