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Willow work courses

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.

£80
Buckinghamshire - Next course on 7th April 2019
Create a fun and sustainable willow plant support - the perfect addition to your garden this Spring. During this one-day course you will discover the techniques used to weave and create a willow 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 will learn two weaving techniques: a three-rod wale for the base of the structure, then a...
£75
West Yorkshire - Next course on 24th February 2019
This is my most popular sculpture course! Weave your own Willow Hare, Sitting, Leaping, it’s up to you! Learn simple sculpture techniques to create a unique sculpture that has wonderful movement and form. I really love weaving these Hares and I get such good feedback from people coming on my courses. I teach this at my studio in Todmorden which is light, airy and warm to a group of no more than 8. (other animal...
£70
Leicestershire - Next course on 20th January 2019
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 4th June 2019
Hens: 4th June 2019, 26th Nov; Hare 9th July; Sheep: 24th Sept; Deer 4th Oct; Angel 6th Dec 2018 and 6th Dec 2019. 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 - to graze in the corner of your orchard (if...
£65
East Sussex - Next course on 5th May 2019
Try your hand at hexagonal weave basketry and make a hexagonal-weave basket while discovering pattern and unity in nature and many of the world’s traditional cultures. Deepen your understanding of the order in nature and how to apply principles of harmony such as the golden ratio into your work and design practice. You'll also learn how to weave a traditional willow tatza (celtic knot) basket and woven spheres.
£220
Perth & Kinross - Next course on 29th March 2019
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 Glens....
£75
Norfolk - Next course on 16th June 2019
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...
£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...
£75
Cumbria - Next course on 28th May 2019
This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush hat, Mat, Bag or tableware in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). For the hats you will start with your own custom-made hat block, you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique hat to wear and treasure. On other days there are courses on Rush Bags, Rush floor Mats...
£65
London - Next course on 9th February 2019
This workshop introduces you to creating and making large scale willow sculpture that we work together on. The day starts of at 10 am with informal introduction and safety awareness of the space. We will look at willow in its dry and wet state and begin to handle and learn techniques to manipulate it. The work will progress through the day, immersing you into the wonderful rhythm of weaving, at creative nature we differ from...