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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.

£160
Buckinghamshire - Next course on 4th August 2018
Weave a contemporary abstract figure to complement your garden. This two and a half day course will teach you how to create an abstract figure using similar techniques to those employed for making willow obelisks. Using a support jig, you will learn how to arrange and bind stakes before weaving, and then use two traditional weaves to form a strong woven band at the base of your figure. You will then learn how to continue...
£160
Buckinghamshire
Create a beautiful organic willow basket perfect for harvesting fruit and garden produce, foraging or collecting eggs. During this two-day course you will discover the techniques and principles used to make this ancient form of basket. You will learn how to construct a frame for your weaving using willow hoops and traditional binding methods, and explore shaping options as ribs are introduced before and during the weaving process. Hazel will demonstrate each process and explain...
£80
Worcestershire - Next course on 22nd July 2018
This Willow Sphere Sculpture Workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn various willow weaving techniques and will see you make your own willow sculpture. This workshop is perfect for beginners as well as those with some experience of working with willow. What a fantastic way to spend the day – learning the art of willow sculpting at this truly creative workshop. You will gain an insight into the history, cultivation and the uses...
£70
Norfolk - Next course on 23rd September 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...
£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
Leicestershire - Next course on 15th July 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 4th 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...
£55
Durham - Next course on 11th August 2018
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. Please wear warm clothes should the weather be slightly cold.
£78
Cumbria - Next course on 21st September 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 -...
£85
Essex - Next course on 26th November 2018
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....