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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.

£100
Lancashire - Next course on 19th January 2019
This special course is run only once a year at the historic Towneley Park in Burnley within the Old Walled Garden of Offshoots Permaculture Project. Over the weekend you learn tree & plant identification walking through the park and we'll collect weavable, woody material to make a basket with. Then in the afternoon and the second day we'll weave a basket!! These baskets are the most simple of all baskets to weave and a variety...
£75
Yorkshire - Next course on 17th November 2018
I've developed this course a couple of years ago. I'd seen much more intricate "heads" by a couple of other weavers and i had an idea i could simplify and make into a 1 day course. Suitable for beginners and intermediates, over the day you’ll learn basic sculpture techniques to create your own unique and ethical Trophy Stag Head. They look fantastic on any wall and are one of my most popular sculpture courses. There...
£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...
£60
Cumbria - Next course on 8th December 2018
Make your own large Door Wreath for Christmas Although we will provide much greenery here, we ask each person coming to gather a large (trolley bag size) full of mixed greenery to bring along for the course, if at all possible. We can then share out if you re happy to do that, what we have and create the most stunning large wreaths and also have great fun making them. Below is a list of...
£240
London - Next course on 15th December 2018
You'll learn an ancient skill and have a lovely, festive reindeer, or whatever animal you choose to make, to take away and decorate your house or garden with. You will be fully supported through the whole process by tutor Stephen Stockbridge whose enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. A ticket entitles up to 4 people to work together, in order to be able to weave a reindeer in a day. The day starts at 10...
£70
Leicestershire - Next course on 24th November 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....
£78
Cumbria - Next course on 6th December 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 -...
£65
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...
£220
Perth & Kinross
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...
£65
Durham
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...