Willow basket- beginners log bottomed



Log Bottomed kindling basket making workshop. 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 skills 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 6 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.

What's included in the price?

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


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

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Set in a beautiful ancient woodland, our traditional skills and heritage craft courses are inspired by nature. Our friendly craftspeople will guide you with their knowledge of age-old methods and natural materials to learn, make new friends and create!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Public transport
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J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 2QZ