Course Provider: Field Studies Council, Margam
Telephone: 01639 895636
Margam Discovery Centre
Course Length: 5 days
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Willow coffins are completely natural and biodegradable and are among the most environmentally friendly coffins available. They are the ultimate in environmental recycling as willow is a highly renewable crop harvested each year which involves minimal processing and it can also degrade rapidly in the soil. On this course you will learn how to make a decorative oval willow coffin, with sisal rope handles, a wooden base and lid with a wooden centre. The coffin that you make will be yours to take home.
The course is suitable for those who have some basket making experience, waling, single French randing, English randing, and borders. Things we will do Learn about the cultivation, harvesting and use of willow as a craft resource. How to sort and prepare materials ready for making the coffin. Learn advanced techniques, working with large material, a variety of weaves and fixings and fastenings.
Mel Bastier is a partner at Out to Learn Willow, a small company based in the Vale of Glamorgan, specialising in all aspects of working with willow providing fun and creative willow weaving workshops; beginners baskets, garden structures, willow sculpture, living willow and much more. We are also makers of willow craft, traditional baskets and coffins.
By the end of the course participants will:
Know the process of making an oval coffin using traditional methods.
Gain knowledge of different weaves, borders and how to work with large material.
Have a beautiful willow coffin.
This course officially starts at 6.00pm on the Friday with dinner and registration. Please aim to arrive between 4:00-5:00, there will be coffee and cake available from 4pm onwards. Breakfast will be at 8am; Lunch will be a packed lunch. The course will end the following Friday at breakfast.
Tools will be provided although you may want to bring a pair of favourite secateurs.
A camera may be useful to record the different stages of the coffin making.
If you’ve already made a few baskets and have your own tools, you’re welcome to bring them
What's included in the price?
The fee also includes accommodation in your own room. Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only). *Please note there will be an additional fee of £120 per participant for materials