Ash splint basket workshop - 3 day



Join Fazey Woodcraft for three days 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 a member of both The Heritage Crafts Association & The Basket Makers Association.

This three-day course will see you go from 'Log to Basket' and includes various skills including weaving, knife skills and elements of green woodworking.

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 as 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.

The extra element of this three-day workshop is the addition of a hand-carved wooden handle for the basket. This will involve learning how to cleave ash logs and work the wood using a shave horse and draw-knife, turning it into a lovely handle!

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.

Don't fancy a full two days of it? See listings for the 1 or 2-day workshop.


Please read the information below carefully before booking.

Location - All my scheduled workshops are running in and around Wimborne, Dorset BH21.

The exact location of your workshop will be emailed to you nearer the date.

All tools & wood provided

COVID-19 -

If a workshop has to be rescheduled due to a change in Covid circumstances, a rebooking voucher will be offered to all students.

Excluding the above, all bookings are non-refundable.

These workshops are for adults only, however, children from age 16+ may attend if joined by a participating adult.

Courses run from approx 9:30 am until 5 pm.

The location is equipped with toilets, kitchen facilities & hot water.

Basic refreshments will be provided.

Please BYO Lunch.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All Tools & Materials

The location is equipped with toilets, kitchen facilities & hot water.

Basic refreshments will be provided.

Please bring your own Lunch.


Jack at Fazey Woodcraft


Knobcrook Road
BH21 1NL

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


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

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