'Willow deer' sculpture - two day course with Willowtwisters

Two day wollow deer students and their work


In this two-day course, students will have time to learn Sara’s in-depth techniques she uses to create her willow sculptures. She will guide you through the process from beginning to end. You will learn how to create a basic armature and how to work from pictures and photographs. Sara will guide you through her additive method of willow sculpture, to create a densely woven, realistic looking deer.

Day 1
Tools and equipment, willow types and preparation for sculpture, how it is grown for craft, where to source it and tips on how to grow your own.
Preparing the armature.
Binding, sewing and weaving techniques to begin sculpting the inner shape and form of your deer.

Day 2
Sculpting techniques, maintaining shape and form.
Adding details such ears, antlers and tail
Surface texture weaving technique.
Aftercare and maintenance.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Pre-course downloadable Ebook to help you prepare for the a course. A valuable resource which guides you through some simple research methods including sketching and tracing tips to familiarise yourself with the shape and form of a deer.
You will need some close fitting work gloves. Secateurs provided but you can bring your own if you prefer.

This course is undercover (if raining) but outside, so you will need warm clothes. On cold days there will be a fire pit outside or stove in the woodland cabin.
Lunch: light, homecooked vegetarian.
Refreshments : teas, coffee, biscuits.


Sara & Hanna Holmes at Willowtwisters


The Woodlands
Henley Gate
GU24 0DH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Pet lovers
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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Jodie - - #35227

Just finished my 2 day deer sculpture course. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone, the techniques and methods you learn on this course are brilliant, the deer looks so life like.
Sarah is a great teacher and supported us well, and kept us well topped up with tea and lovely home cooked lunches.

Response from Willowtwisters:

It was a pleasure to teach you for the last two days Jodie. You worked so hard on your deer and the result speaks for itself, a truly beautiful deer.

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