Course Provider: Trading Places: Traditional Craft Courses
Contact Name: Mark Wood
Telephone: 01933 460 985
Rockingham Forest Trust
Course Length: One day
5 star rating, 2 reviewers.
Learn to make a willow basket in the beautiful Stanwick Lakes nature reserve!
Our one day Basket Making course is the perfect introduction to one of the oldest crafts known, basket remains dating back to 8,000BC have been found in Egypt!
During our ‘Introductory Day’ you will learn the traditional skills necessary to make a small round willow basket for holding fruit, bread, vegetables etc. Working with buff willow that has been pre-soaked and mellowed, you will discover how to cut the slathes and form a base before staking and weaving the sides of your basket.
The basket making day will be run by Maggie Smith, professional basket maker and artist. The group size is limited to just 6 people – so that each person is provided with all the support and help they need during the day.
Until the early part of the 20th century Northamptonshire had many family businesses who made their living from basket making. Our course at Stanwick Lakes is only two miles from Raunds, where 5 generations of the Shaw family made baskets and hampers and had their own osier beds in Raunds Meadows.
Trading Places is based within the beautiful surroundings of the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve, in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley. All of our courses take place in and around our purpose built green oak Training Barn. Course places can be booked for one or more people depending on availability. However, if you are looking for a larger group booking (such as a work team building event, a group of friends or an alternative hen or stag 'do') we are very happy to discuss your requirements with you.
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If your selected course is already fully booked please do contact us as we sometimes organise additional courses during the year to meet demand.
What's included in the price?
Tools, materials and safety equipment are provided for all courses. Participants are simply asked to bring their own supply of enthusiasm and a packed lunch! (we provide tea and coffee during the courses)
For anyone who is travelling some distance and would like to look at local accommodation, please see our website for a list (under the Directions tab). Please note that these businesses are local to the site but are not linked to Trading Places in anyway.
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