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Basket making at Broadrake in the Yorkshire Dales

Frame basket with handle

About the Course

Popular Willow Weaving and Basketry tutor Phil Bradley is leading 2 day workshops in the weaving skills necessary to make a traditional Frame Basket on the March course or an English Round Basket in April, with Square baskets for those with some experience in September.

Phil’s gentle, relaxed teaching style will guide you through the various weaving patterns for the different parts of the basket - the base, sides, and the final edging for the English basket, and the frame, ribs, the body weaves and a handle for the Frame basket. You will gain an understanding of how the willow behaves as you weave and after the final trimming up you will have a useful basket you will be proud of to take home. The Square basket will be a new workshop and will be for those ready to move to another basket style following on from previous basket making experience.

Phil Bradley lives in NW Cumbria where he grows his own sustainable willow for basket-making, garden structures and also bird sculptures, all popular workshop topics.
The organic willow is included in the price and all the tools required will be provided.
8 students max.

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What's included in the price?

All materials and tools are included, as well as lunches both days and all refreshments including home baking.


Rachel Benson at Broadrake Barn
Chapel Le Dale
Carnforth, Yorkshire Dales
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2 days (9:45am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
- - #24602

Wow! I've met some really interesting, lovely people and learned so much about basket weaving in the stunning setting of Broadrake Barn. Thank you Rachel for hosting and sharing your magical space and delicious food and to Phil for being such an ace teacher - the attention to detail, careful instructions and demonstrations ensured that we all produced a basket of our dreams. Thrilled with mine - just need to add those grab handles and then get on down to the orchard to fill it with apples. Looking forward to seeing the 2020 programme for Broadrake and can't wait to get back for some more willow wizardry.

Response from Broadrake Barn:

It was great to meet you Kate, and see the lovely baskets you've already made - hoping that you will create another one at Broadrake in 2020!!

In-person course
- - #22613

I have just spent the last two days at Broadrake on a frame basket workshop led by Basketmaker Phil Bradley. What a wonderful couple of days in the most stunning setting. The workshop was great fun, extremely informative and I’m delighted with the basket I made! Rachel is an expert when it comes to hospitality and the constant flow of home baked goods really went down a treat. The accommodation in the newly renovated bunk barn is spotlessly clean and extremely reasonable for a stop over or longer break. I cannot recommend Broadrake highly enough!

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- - #22612

I have just enjoyed 2 great days on a frame basket workshop with Phil Bradley at Broadrake Farm. It was a very relaxed course with excellent tuition from a master basket maker, who always had another trick up his sleeve for the times when we came across difficulties. Everyone finished a lovely basket to take home, and some of us caught the bug and bought more materials to carry on with another at home!
Phil's portfolio encompasses all possible uses of willow; from baskets, garden features, children's dens to sculptures in willow as he is tutor to several courses at Broadrake.
The setting is a beautiful farmhouse within sight of the Ribblehead viaduct, the food provided was excellent, healthy and homemade. I enjoyed it so much I can't wait to go back and try something else.

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- - #15086

My second time at Broadrake with willow weaving. You guys are amazing. Phil show us plenty of new skills, I met a great bunch of people and had a grand time. Food was excellent. After 2 days of pleasant labour in stunning scenery I went home with 2 baskets and some cuttings that now have grown into a mini willow plantation ;) I will be coming back! Can not fault this course; money well spend.

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- - #14961

I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 days making a frame basket. I've now booked for the round basket course and (easily) persuaded my husband to book on the willow curlew making course.
Broadrake is a lovely spot, Rachel is an excellent host and cook, and Phil is a great teacher. And the basket I made is very useful too.

In-person course
- - #14474

An excellent course, well led.
Good company, delicious food, a new skill attempted in beautiful surroundings.
Very pleased with result.
The glorious weather added to the enjoyment.
Will come again.
Thank you

Response from Broadrake Barn:

Thank you Carole - it was lovely to meet you and share the learning experience! The sunshine was a real bonus!

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