Willow bird sculpture with Joe Gregory in Todmorden, Yorkshire



I’ve been running this fun sculpture course for over 10 years! Learn to weave a Willow sculpture or develop your sculpture weaving skills. Over the course of the day you’ll have a choice of making a willow Hen, a Cockrell, a Heron, Curlew or a bird of your choice and you’ll have fun creating a bird with great character. Suitable for beginners and those with some weaving experience, a lovely way to spend a day. Come alone and meet other crafty folk or come with a friend or two for a special day together. Using the finest English Willows you will learn sculpture techniques to be able to create your own willow sculptures. These fine birds look fabulous in the garden and treated with wood preservative will last many years. The Willows tea and coffee house on the ground floor of the building will keep you topped up during the day with the finest rainforest alliance coffees and teas, locally made cakes and simple savouries if you desire with a discount for all students. Notes: No prior experience needed but you must have good mobility in hands & feet & be able to stand whilst working. Please wear old (non dangly) clothes, covered toe shoes (no sandals) & little or no jewellery.

What's included in the price?

All materials and use of tools.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Hi my name is Joe Gregory, I'm a willow basket maker and sculptor based in West Yorkshire. I started weaving as a hobby in 2004 and by 2008, I realised I could make a living doing a craft that I loved. Starting from my kitchen table to now owning a 5 storey Georgian building in the centre of Todmorden; weaving with Willow has provided me with the most rewarding career whilst enabling me to keep my family safe and healthy. I teach sculpture and basket making for everyone from beginners to more advanced weavers. I have also been lucky enough to teach internationally, as well as up and down the country. I've worked on some amazing projects over the years and feel very lucky to have found this beautiful craft. I am comfortable teaching children; beginners and more advanced weavers. Each class rewards me in different ways. I have been fortunate to teach those with different needs; from sight problems, to people returning from a stroke, to those with their own special needs. I am always happy to craft my class to suit everyone I teach.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Hen dos
  • Tutor can travel
  • Stag dos
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Public transport
  • Spooky
  • Intermediate level
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Weekends
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Creative with Nature Workshop & Gallery, 27 Rochdale Road, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14 7LA