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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.

£150
Isle of Wight - Next course on 6th July 2019
Over this two day course we will produce a beautiful willow panel folding screen. A ‘next level’ skill Keen beginners also welcome Studio workshop setting All materials supplied Lunch and refreshments supplied Day guest and residential ticket options
£75
Cumbria - Next course on 26th June 2019
This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush hat, bag or basket in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). For up to date availability each day please see our website link above in purple. 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...
£70
Leicestershire - Next course on 22nd June 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....
£75
Norfolk - Next course on 22nd September 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...
£220
Perth & Kinross
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....
£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...
£65
East Sussex - Next course on 4th July 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.
£55
Durham - Next course on 16th June 2019
On this full day workshop, you will learn the basic techniques and skills which will enable you to create a wonderful willow chicken, duck or pheasant No garden is complete without one. Served with lots of tea and coffee throughout the day, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself learning a new craft.
£60
Durham - Next course on 5th July 2019
On this one day workshop, you will learn the basic techniques and skills to enable you to make a fabulous willow hare, for indoor or outdoors. You will learn the various stages it takes to create the body, and the weaving techniques to create the finished Hare. Please wear warm clothes if the weather isn't great, and feel free to bring your own favourite secateurs with you.
£75
SURREY - Next course on 12th October 2019
The Zarzo basket supposedly originated in Northern Spain where it was used by cheese makers for draining cheese. The course starts with an introduction to willow, where it is grown, its preparation and the different varieties you can weave with. We then sort sort and choose the right weavers for the basket. Working in pairs to set the basket up, you then move on to weaving your own. This also involves creating the handle and...

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