The weaving of unspun vegetable fibres into a basket is an ancient traditional craft practised across the world. The fibres that can be utilised are reeds, willow, pine straw, animal hair, hide or even baleen from the jaw of a whale. Baskets may be simple and quick to make or highly decorative, they may be all-purpose carriers or designed for a specific function.
Sometimes the woven basket may have a religious or spiritual function or it may just be good to put the firewood in. Why not learn how to make a fun and functional basket or a decorative artefact for your garden - you can be as creative as you like once you have mastered the basic principles. Our course providers are all experts and willing to share their skills with students of all abilities - so have a go at basketry and make a special gift that is both beautiful and practical.
Learn how to make baskets from foraged materials which we gather on the day from the woodland site. On offer is a wide variety of techniques and materials including bramble, bark, bone, wild rose, grass, reed mace, bulrush.
Learn about the whole cycle of production- harvesting the raw materials & processing them, through to completing a beautiful and useful basket to take home with you. Please note: courses are scheduled to coincide with the seasonal...
Make a Willow Animal sculpture of your choice. Whilst learning Sculpting Techniques you will create a 3D interpretation of your chosen animal. It's great to come along with an ideal of the animal you would like to create.
Willow artist and experienced tutor Sarah Le Breton will teach you sculpting techniques and how to maintain your finished creations, enabling your work to add charm to your garden for years to come.
All Willow Sculpture Days...
Join expert, Eddie Glew for this all-absorbing workshop in basketry. On day one you will weave a small round basket using traditional English and French techniques. The second day offers the chance to make a round/oval basket with a handle or another item of your choice. Alternatively you may decide to construct a large log basket or similar over the 2 days.
This course is designed for all abilities from the complete novice to experienced...
Come for a full day and weave from a selection of wooden bases to create some beautiful functional rectangular or round baskets. Learning trac borders, three rod wale and either a traditional or spiral border your basket will be functional and stylish.
This basket workshop is ideal for beginners and we also cover where to source the materials and how to prepare them for use.
We are delighted to announce an exciting new 2 day course to learn the skills of working with Esparto grass to make a beautiful plaited basket. The tutor is Dirk Driver who has many years of experience of working with this fantastic material.
Date: Sunday 4th February and Sunday 25th February 2017 (There will be some plaiting homework in between!)
Esparto grass is a Mediterranean plant which has been used to make all...
This is a new one day Course, where expert Chris Park will teach you how to weave a wicker skep, and how to cover it with cloom. During the day all aspects of beekeeping in skeps, ancient and modern will be discussed.
Get creative and make yourself this wonderful elegant dragonfly for your garden or pond. Learn the basic skills and techniques of willow weaving. It will look great on your fence or wall. Can be made as small as you like right up to around 5 foot long.
You will create a willow animal sculpture, choose the workshop you fancy ranging from pigs, deer, rabbit, pheasant, sheep and more similar to that in the pictures.
These workshops are held in my 22ft Yurt which is a short walk from the car park over grass. You will learn how to create sculptures that will look at home in your garden.
I also run workshops at Beningbrough Hall, The Yorkshire Arboretum, the Blacksmith Shop Crafts...
Learn to make a willow basket in the beautiful Stanwick Lakes nature reserve!
Our one day Basket Making course is the perfect introduction to one of the oldest crafts known, basket remains dating back to 8,000BC have been found in Egypt!
During our ‘Introductory Day’ you will learn the traditional skills necessary to make a small round willow basket for holding fruit, bread, vegetables etc. Working with buff willow that has been pre-soaked and mellowed,...
One day basket making course in the South-West.
Spend the day making a basket woven from Somerset willow with experienced local tutor, Paul Windwood. With only five places per course you will get plenty of tuition from Paul who will ensure you have a beautifully crafted basket to take home with you at the end of the course.
This is a relaxed and informative day where you will learn lots about the history of basket...