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Stake and Strand Basket Making - one day

Duration: One day (9:30am-4pm)

Price: £85

Book with: Fay Kenyon
at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses

J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
S7 2QZ

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About the Course

Stake and Strand Basket Making - one day course

Students will make their own stake and strand basket during this one day course using traditional techniques.

Basketry making is the weaving of un-spun vegetable fibres, usually to form a container. Baskets making done from any wood, vine, leaf, or fibre that could be formed into a desirable shape.

Basket making survives in many parts of the world today in forms, techniques, and materials similar to those used in past ages. While continuing as a living tradition, it has undergone a revival of interest among craftspeople, leading to new forms of expression. Just as weavers make pictures with tapestry, basket makers now use basketry making techniques to create sculpture.

Basket weaving is a craft nearly as old as human civilisation itself. Even today, archeologists throughout the world continue to unearth baskets dating back thousands of years. Radiocarbon dating of baskets found in Faiyum, located in Upper Egypt, indicate they are between 10,000 and 12,000 years old. Other baskets, found in the Middle East, date back over 7,000 years. Historians agree that these ancient baskets are older than any pottery artefacts excavated to date. In fact, most historians agree that basket weaving is the world’s oldest known craft.

Because the art of basket weaving spans the globe, the terms and terminology used in this basket making craft is universal. Basket weaving terms are descriptive terms used to identify the tools and materials required, along with basket weaving terms and terminology related to basket weaving textures, styles, techniques. Some descriptions are exclusive to basketry, while others are also relative to other crafts and activities.

STAKE: the structural rod that forms part of a basket’s skeleton. Also known as the passive warp element of a stake and strand basket.
STRAND (OR WEAVER): the active weft woven between the stakes of a stake and strand basket.
Stake and Strand baskets are the 'type that you will find in current 'professional' basket making, basically introduced from Roman times. The material used will be local willow, and sometimes 'peeled willow' that is with the bark removed.

Arrive: 15 minutes prior to a 9:30am start
Depart: 4pm, although this is approximate.
Directions: Please look at the map featured on the website.
What to bring: work clothes, pen and notebook, packed lunch
Let us know: if you have any special needs

Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £30 admin fee)
No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All willow and tool use is included. Refreshment and biscuits throughout the day but please bring a packed lunch.

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A unique opportunity in unique surroundings. I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt the tutor was excellent, helpful and knowledgeable. I made a great basket - with help!

- - #2894

Thank you for a brilliant course. Wes was very knowledgeable about the subject and a great teacher. I would have liked less talking at the beginning and more doing, but that's just a personal thing.

- - #2891

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Course Start Dates

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

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos

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