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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.

Next course on 26th August 2017
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....
Next course on 14th September 2017
This is a brilliant project for beginners to basket making. It's easy to achieve very impressive results. There is a lot of scope for being creative too so it's a satisfying make for those with some experience too. The trays can be made in different sizes and finished in various different ways - with handles or without. They can be used as shallow baskets to serve fruit or bread and look great hanging on the...
Next course on 23rd September 2017
September 23rd and 24th. A weekend of basket making. Come for half a day, a full day or all weekend and weave from a selection of wooden bases to create some beautiful functional baskets. On the half day course you can weave a simple round or rectangular basket for £35, wood handled baskets take a full day at £65, Both of these baskets are ideal for beginners. The kindling baskets cost £70 for the day...
Next course on 27th September 2017
Spend a fun day learning the art of willow sculpture and take home a life-sized chicken to enhance your garden this summer. Ducks, geese, quail also possible! Or experiment with abstract sculpture if you prefer. Tutor: Judith Needham Wednesday 27 September 10.00am – 4.00pm Adult £65/ Over 60 £58.50
Next course on 10th September 2017
The one day courses take place in a community hall in Dereham, Norfolk and run from 9.15 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 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...
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 lower down this page...
Next course on 26th August 2017
Come along and make your very own willow piglet to complete your garden. On this workshop, you will learn the basic techniques to enable you to create your very own masterpiece to take home with you in a fun and relaxing environment. Lunch is not provided, so you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Please wear warm clothes should the weather be slightly cold.
Next course on 8th December 2017
Come & join Deb for a fun day at The Butterfly Studio where you will learn how to make a willow door wreath and swag for Christmas. All natural materials using the traditional method of willow weaving for the base of the wreath adding a selection of seasonal materials which may include some or all of the following subject to availability, cones, oranges cinnamon sticks and a variety foliage to create a beautiful Christmas wreath....
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...
Next course on 11th November 2017
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...