2-Day Ash Splint Basketry with Chelle Mateo



Spend a two-day workshop discovering how to weave a round ash splint basket with Chelle Mateo. The techniques that participants will learn have their roots in traditional basket making of North America. Courses will cover: - Preparation and background Each ash splint used to weave the basket starts as a section of the tree’s growth ring and is created through pounding an ash log. Students will do the process themselves and learn the different tools used to prepare them including strip cutters and carving knives. - Processes and finishing You will learn how to do basic weave, understand form and tension, weaving in handles (these will be prepared in advance). - Basic theory Identifying ash, discussions on choosing a log for pounding, the pounding process and the threat of ash dieback to the species. Although some previous experience of basketry may be helpful, it is not essential. Students must have good physical strength endurance as the first day is very labour intensive. The skills learnt throughout the course will give you the foundation to adapt future baskets to your own design and it will give you a new appreciation of the mighty ash; its durability, flexibility, strengths and weaknesses.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials. Teas and snacks on both days.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


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  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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