Learn to weave with hazel and make your own wall basket.
I’ll teach you all the techniques you need to get weave-able strips from hazel rods to make your own unique basket. These baskets are designed to be hung on the wall and are great for storage, for keys, woollens, foraging or whatever you fancy. The shape can be adapted to make a flat bottom basket that will sit on a table or display.
The course will be in The Yan classrooms at Grizedale and there's a chance to have a nosey in my new studio on site too.
This is part of a weekend of two complementary courses. You can book one or both days
Skill level: Beginner. Some knife skills useful but not necessary
Maximum 8 students, adults only.
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 spelk 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 see website for further information and to book your place.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
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.
Homemade soup and bread lunch is included as well as plenty of tea, coffee and snacks.
Lifts from Hawkshead can be arranged to enable you to travel by public transport.
Lorna Singleton at Lorna Singleton spelk baskets
Grizedale Visitor Centre Grizedale Ambleside Cumbria LA22 0QN
A deeply rewarding course. Lorna is an inspiration, and her knowledge sharing is excellent. I was drawn to learn this skill because I loved the idea that I could learn to craft such a beautiful, functional and long-lasting basket with a small knife and a couple of hazel wands. Not only this, but it can be crafted without long waits to dry materials. It really is the epitome of a hedgerow basket! I was also fascinated by Lorna's wide and deep understanding of forests, craft and materials, as well as basket-making more widely. I loved the woodland atmosphere in which we crafted together as a group too. Thank you Lorna, I have enjoyed continuing to experiment with this technique!
I loved making my Hazel basket with Lorna Singleton. To make such a gorgeous object out of a few small sticks of wood is amazing. Lorna is clearly very skilled and is good at passing her knowledge on. Peeling the weaving strips from the Hazel rod is tricky but satisfying. It was great fun & really rewarding to be out in the woods for a couple of days and then to go home with a beautiful basket that I had made myself. My basket is now mounted on my wall and I keep my woolly hats in it!