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Splint wood frame baskets in Cumbria

Splint wood frame baskets in Cumbria

Course Provider: Lorna Singleton Oak swill baskets

Contact Name: Lorna Singleton

Telephone: 07871651509

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Oakbank Sawmill,

Course Length: 2 days

Price: £150

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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.



Learn how to make a frame basket using hazel rods and a knife.
The course will cover:
history of the craft
a choice of 2 basket styles
material selection
safe knife use
making hazel strips
bending rims, handles and ribs
weaving patterns
the possibility to use prepared oak swill and elm bark strips.

Maximum 6 students, adults only. Group courses can be adapted to specific needs or requirements. Please get in touch to discuss ideas.

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.

Courses take place in a traditional Lakeland barn north of Kendal, in the foothills of the Lake District and just a few minutes from my studio.
The barn can be draughty in all weathers. Please dress in warm old clothes and bring an extra jumper just in case. In fine weather we can work outside.

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 details and bookings.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Please bring your own packed lunch and a mug.

Material costs and use of tools are included in the fee but use of elm bark may incur an additional cost of £5-£10. If you have a favourite knife or secateurs you would like to try out then feel free to bring these along.

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