Hazel basketmaking workshop in a traditional Lakeland barn near Kendal
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About the Course
Hazel can be found almost everywhere and as a result is used as a basketry material all over Europe. In England these baskets are becoming more popular and undergoing a resurgence, largely due to the efforts and research of Ruth Pybus in North Wales. I learnt to make them in 2016 and have been teaching them ever since and a recent trip to Slovenia has given me fresh ideas for basketry patterns that I'm eager to pass on.
Hazel baskets need minimal equipment to make so are very accessible. The course will cover:
- material selection
- safe knife use
- making hazel strips
- bending rims, handles and ribs
- weaving patterns
The course is taught by Lorna Singleton.
I served a 3-year intensive apprenticeship in coppice woodland management and traditional woodland crafts, graduating in 2013 During this I specialised in oak swill basketry, an endangered heritage craft specific to the South Cumbrian fells. I manage an ancient old woodland in South Cumbria and a mixed-species coppice for my other materials. I am particularly interested in contemporary use of traditional skills, the philosophy & meditation of craft, exploring landscape through making, sustainability and cultural heritage.
Please get in touch via the contact form above for further details and bookings.
Maximum 7 students, adults only.
A degree of physical strength and dexterity is needed. Weaving with wood can be difficult and repetitive and involves a lot of sitting down. If you think you might struggle with this then I'm happy to discuss it and explain in more detail.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
3 nights accommodation in an eco bunkhouse 7 miles north of Kendal. There is also space for two small tents so if you'd prefer to camp just ask when you book. Weather permitting we can enjoy a campfire in the evenings.
The bunkhouse is in a beautiful rural location in Cumbria with plenty of local walks, some resident fell ponies and a beautiful stream nearby. The bunkhouse is remote & not directly on any transport links but we can offer lifts to & from Kendal train station at the start & end of the course.
The course is fully catered with wholesome vegan food so you can relax and weave without worrying about food. As with all good courses there will be plenty of tea, coffee and freshly baked cakes.
All tools are provided for the course. I will send out a list of tools prior to the course in case you want to bring your own.
All material costs are included.
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Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
- Accessible by public transport
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
- Suitable for stag and hen dos