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What a wonderful work of nature is the willow. Did you know that the stringent bark of the willow, used in the leather tanning process in Russia, can also be a powerful pain reliever known from the time of Hippocrates? I'm not advocating that you chew willow bark but it surely is an amazingly useful plant. Traditionally willow was used for a multitude of items from shoemakers' lasts to ladders, fences and of course baskets. It is a durable, resilient, pliable material and grows with wild abandon wherever there is water. This gave rise to willow working industries on the banks of some of our great rivers (like Beckingham on the Trent) and some still survive. Think of how the baskets for hot air balloons are made or fantastic sculptures for the garden or even eco-friendly coffins! You too can learn to use willow, it is such an environmentally friendly material, to make your own baskets, sculptures and artefacts. We have plenty of willow courses to choose from and they are all great fun and very informative. Also a really great day out for a group of friends.

£175
Isle of Wight - Next course on 16th November 2018
Come and stay at Tiny Homes Holidays and make a willow sculpture for your garden on this 2 day workshop. This lifesized deer will look amazing in your garden or indoors – you could dress it up for Christmas! This is our third workshop with Amanada and this time we will be making a Willow sculpture in the form of a deer. You will learn techniques to help you realise your own willow sculpture designs....
£80
Buckinghamshire - Next course on 18th November 2018
Create a fun and sustainable Christmas Tree - perfect for indoors or out and re-useable for the garden in Spring. During this one-day course you will discover the techniques used to make an alternative and contemporary Christmas Tree that can also be used again in the spring as a plant support! Using a jig to support construction, you will learn how to stake up, organise and bind stakes securely prior to starting the weave. You...
£70
Leicestershire - Next course on 29th September 2018
Learn to sculpt your own small willow animal in the grounds of my home in the beautiful setting of Donington Le Heath We can work indoors or outdoors (weather permitting). Come and join me for a fun and relaxed informal day willow weaving. To start off with I would recommend a small animal or bird as the craft is very time consuming and I want you to leave with a finished piece of willow sculpture....
£65
Durham - Next course on 3rd November 2018
Come along and treat yourself or a loved one to this wonderful willow reindeer workshop. Learn the basic skills and techniques used to create something wonderful. It's sure to be a fun day so get booked up now as this proves to be very popular. Not only will you leave at the end of the day with new knowledge and skills, but also a work of art to be decorated with fairy lights for your...
£78
Cumbria - Next course on 10th October 2018
Thurs 4th May - Hares, Wed 11th July - Sheep, Fri 21st Sept - Hens & Cockerels, Wed 10th Oct - Deer, Thur 13th Nov - Hares, Thur 6th Dec - Angels Willow Hares: Make a life size willow hare to nestle in your garden border - looking alarmed - as they do. Willow Deer: Spend your day creating your very own life size small willow deer – some 2 ½ - 3ft high -...
£30
Lancashire
Willow work Is my passion and I am happiest sharing this with others who are interested in learning rural and traditional craft. Courses are bespoke and flexible arranged to meet the needs of the individual including the choice of product/s. From simple weaving such as willow bird feeders to more complicated baskets or animal sculptures all are suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills. Please see the images top left of this...
£70
Norfolk - Next course on 2nd December 2018
You will find the ‘making a small fruit picking basket’ course is ‘full on’, packing a lot into one day, and is aimed at those with patience and stamina (and a fair amount of agility) who would like to master the craft of willow basketmaking. The day will teach all the techniques required to make a round basket with a handle, in the traditional English style, using English willow, and will also give advice on...
£220
Perth & Kinross - Next course on 19th October 2018
DESCRIPTION Jane Wilkinson from Special Branch Baskets has teamed up with Alyth Craft Tourism to provide a unique crafting experience.   On our 3 day basket weaving course you will be able to learn an ancient craft whilst still having the opportunity to enjoy the natural peace and the splendid scenery that the local landscape has to offer.  Alyth is nestled at the foothills of the Cairngorm Plateau at the start of the Perthshire & Angus...
£95
Derbyshire - Next course on 5th October 2018
A creative day in the garden with willow expert Eddie Glew. Projects include obelisks/plant supports (perfect for those sweet peas!) plus decorative sunflowers and dragonflies. You will make several items over the day to take home. Eddie will also explain the practice of using living willow to build larger structures such as dens and tunnels. (Note the actual planting of living willow is a seasonal activity, taking place only in the winter months.) The class...
£120
Northamptonshire
2 day basket making course in the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve - suitable for beginners and more advanced learners. Our 1 day ‘Introduction to Basket Making’ course has been so popular we now provide a 2 day course as well. It is still suitable for people who are new to basket making but is also designed for those who would like to develop their skills and techniques further. Beginners will have the rewarding experience of...