Highland Cow Willow Sculpture Workshop



Full Day Highland Cow Sculpture Workshop with willow artist Toni Cross In this workshop we will build a large Highland Cow sculpture which can live indoors or outside. We start by making a willow framework, then weave in more willow to fill in the sculpture. Pieces usually measure about 70-80cm. As there is a lot to complete in one day, some hoops and other structural sections will be prepared for you. Our quirky Highland Cow is woven with brown willow which lasts well outside and a mixture of brown and dried white willow for the framework. They can also be varnished or painted with linseed oil to preserve them. There is no age limit but children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Willow is a lovely medium to work with and most people find weaving relaxing and therapeutic. However, it can be quite hard on the fingers. We can find ways to alleviate this for most people, but if you have arthritis or other mobility issues you might want to discuss this with Toni first to see what help we can offer. Tools will be provided, but if you have them please bring: Sharp secateurs or garden scissors (many people prefer using ones they are used to) A pruning knife if you have one Please bring a sandwich for lunchtime.

What's included in the price?

Willow for the workshop Premade hoops for framework Coffee/tea and cake


6 hours

Cancellation policy

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


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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Santon Downham Village Hall is quite isolated and you will need your own transport.
Our Brandon workshop is within 2 miles of Brandon train station and we may be able to arrange a pick up and drop off for you, but please get in touch first.
Both venues have plenty of parking right outside.

We supply continuous tea and coffee and juice is also usually available, along with nice cake for a halfway break. Full day workshops do not include sandwiches or savoury lunch unless otherwise mentioned. For workshops at Santon Downham Village Hall, and our Brandon studio at weekends, we recommend bringing lunch as there isn't a cafe or sandwich shop. For weekday workshops in Brandon there is a sandwich bar opposite which opens all weekdays if you prefer.

Willow is a lovely medium to work with and very therapeutic. It does dry out the hands a bit so using hand cream afterwards is recommended. It is also possible to work in thin gloves and we have some on hand if you prefer to use them. It can be a bit challenging for people with arthritis and other hand and arm mobility issues, but Toni will always help and find techniques to make this manageable. If you have specific concerns please message us first.

Willow grows very easily and can sprout from a bare rod if this is cut fresh. However, most of the willow we use has been dried and will not sprout. If a workshop uses fresh willow which will grow this is mentioned in the listing. Living willow workshops only take place between November and March.


The Harvey Adams Centre, 19 Wimbledon Avenue, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 0NZ