Split Hazel Basketry - two day course
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About the Course
Make a beautiful basket from hazel on this two day course. You will employ very old techniques developed over generations to split the hazel into thin flexible strips that are used to weave the basket. This course is a master class in green hazel working that will leave you with a huge respect for the humble tree as well as a wonderful basket that will look like no other around. These baskets are rarely seen but there are many traditions of them being made across Wales and the borders and right down through Europe to the Mediterranean.
Tutor: Dave Jackson
Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for your course and bring a waterproof jacket.
If you are considering staying overnight or attending the course as part of a longer break, a range of local accommodation is available, including farm bed and breakfast, hotels and guest houses. For details please call Church Stretton Visitor Information Centre on 01694 723133 or visit the town’s website.
A range of holiday cottages are also available on the Acton Scott estate; for further information, please get in touch.
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is an outdoor site. Most areas are wheelchair accessible, but please be aware that the farm yard is cobbled and the ground often uneven. If you have any access concerns, please contact us. When booking please advise us of any medical conditions or special requirements.
Payment for courses
Course places must be paid for at the time of booking. Your place is not secure until paid for in full. If you have to cancel your booking, please inform Acton Scott Historic Working Farm as soon as possible by telephone and confirm in writing or by email. If you cancel your booking more than four weeks before the course start date, 90% of the course fee will be refunded (10% of the course fee will be reserved to cover administrative costs). You may use your fee towards an alternative course. If you cancel your booking less than four weeks before the course start date, fees paid will not be refunded unless the course was full and your place can be re-sold.
Please contact us via the form or phone number above to book your place!
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?
Lunch, refreshments, tools and materials all included. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.
Dave the tutor is patient and very skilled - he makes it look so easy. Then you try yourself and find more strength and control is needed than you first thought. Dave takes the time to explain and find a way of doing things suited to different abilities - I have knee problems and needed another technique to split the hazel, and Dave came up with several. My finished basket looks lovely and is sturdy enough for use as a fruit basket.
The cafe food was also great - thanks to Wayne and his team.
Carole - - #15709
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Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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