Join Fazey Woodcraft for two day's of Ash Splint Basket Making. Your tutor for the weekend will be the fantastic Michelle Mateo. Michelle is an experienced basket maker & bowl turner, and member of both The Heritage Crafts Association & The Basket Makers Association. This two day course will see you go from 'Log to Basket'. Beginning with an Ash log, the weekend starts by pounding the ash by hand and then processing the splints yourself into the necessary pieces required. You'll then get the chance to split the splints further, as well learn knife techniques to prepare the ash for weaving. Next begins the basket, you'll learn about basic weave, and the importance of tension. You’ll also get to understand so much more about the properties of Ash; its durability, its flexibility, strengths and weaknesses. Learning these skills will give you the foundations needed to not only weave baskets yourself, but also how to produce materials yourself, adapt future baskets to your own designs, and a guaranteed appreciation of the mighty Ash Tree. Ash Splint Basketry has its roots in the indigenous cultures of North America, and many of the techniques used in the making of these baskets also originate from Europe. Due to the way Ash trees grow, pounding the logs delaminates them, enabling the harvesting of thin strips of wood. These are then worked further before being woven into baskets. ----- Octobers course will be held at Walford Mill Crafts Centre in Wimborne, Dorset. A 1 day version of this course is also available - see 'More from this Maker'

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PLEASE NOTE - Course Locations Vary - All are within 1 mile of Wimborne town centre. Exact venue will be confirmed a week prior to course date All Tools & Materials Basic refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own Lunch.


2 days (9:30am to 5:00am)

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



Fazey Woodcraft

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Following an apprenticeship with the renowned woodsman Ben Law in 2012, Jack began a life of teaching & crafting things the old fashioned way. Bushcraft, Swedish carving techniques, green woodworking & ancient crafts. Jack's passion for these subjects is limitless & he enjoys nothing more than passing the knowledge and skills he has gained over years of learning onto others. Join Fazey Woodcraft for a workshop. You won't be disappointed.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Stag dos
  • Accommodation offered
  • Hen dos
  • Father's Day
  • Residential
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
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Wimborne, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 2BP