Kindling Basket Making course - one day

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Kindling Basket making workshop with Tutor Rachel Hutton

This one day course is the perfect development from a beginner’s course, and you will go home with a stunning kindling basket made from beautiful willow and incorporating a variety of modern and traditional weaving techniques. A busy hard-working day not for the faint hearted.

Working from a pre drilled wooden bottom the difficult job of ‘upsetting’ (putting in the upright stakes evenly spaced) the basket is already done for you. You don’t see the base and those of you keen to develop your sills may wish to add a foot border later in the day. It also means that you have a strong and stable basket which will last for years. You will spend the day learning weaves and finish off with a chunky border and finger handles.

You will learn practical tips and techniques on:

• selection of different types and lengths of willow
• preparation of willow
• creating handles within weaves
• creating traditional and modern weaves
• controlling shapes and pattern
• use of basic basketry tools and techniques
• PPE (personal protective equipment) selection and use
• health and safety related to willow work

At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high quality teaching from our tutors and our low class numbers (max 5 for most classes) and a number of our courses also have an assistant.

We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed and allow students to learn more

You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them, but are not essential.

Please note this course will require a good level of manual dexterity on your fingers.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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.


Rachel at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses


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

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (9:30am to 4:00pm)

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Hilary Wrigley - - #2894

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!

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