Willow Reindeer Sculptures - 2 day course
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About the Course
A 2 day course to make your very own willow reindeer sculpture. The theme for this course will be to make a 3 foot high reindeer in time for this Christmas season. The course will cover the techniques required and all the tools and materials are supplied including the wire frame. The tutor for the day is local willow weaver and artist Sue Kirk. Sue will also cover how to care for your sculpture so that it can take pride of place in your garden over Christmas. The 2016 course proved very popular so please book early to secure your place for 2017.
The course will take place in the Craft barn at Stanwick Lakes. There are 10 places available so please book early as Sue's sculpture courses do sell out very quickly. Car parking for the 2 days is free and there is a cafe in the visitors centre for lunch if you don't want to bring a pack up Please wear comfy clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. The course will start at 9.30am and finish between 4.00 and 4.30pm each day. Please arrive a few minutes early so that the course can start promptly.
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?
Tea and Coffee are available throughout each day. All tools and materials are supplied within the course price. Free car park tickets will be available at the end of each day.
I can't recommend this course enough, I had a fabulous 2 days, the Craft barn is lovely venue for the course the log burner kept us toastie & warm. I had lunch both days at the visitors centre which was great. Sue was a fantastic teacher & made the course exceptional & I was so pleased with the Reindeer I made its something I can treasure for years to come.
Natalie Stanier - - #6959
This willow reindeer course is to be thoroughly recommended in beautiful surroundings with good facilities . The workshop took place inside a beautiful barn with a woodburning stove and tea and coffee making facilities provided. Sue, our tutor, was excellent. She was friendly and encouraging to beginners and others alike . We learned the basics of growing different types of willow and its uses. Everyone had an amazing couple of days and each took home fairly recognisable reindeers ready for xmas . Mine is now adorned with xmas lights and looks fantastic ! Many thanks to Sue and the staff at Stanwick Lakes.
Jo Raffles - - #6909
Sue Kirk is an excellent teacher and gave all of us a great deal of confidence that we could actually make this Reindeer !
I guess that nearly all of us were of a certain age and this was something many of us had not tried before.
Also excellent facililties at Stanwick Lakes.
I would recommend this course and others at Stanwick.
So 5 stars ( can I give them more !! )
Bryan Hollier - - #6686
This two day course is held at the very picturesque nature reserve of Stanwick Lakes in Northampton-shire. The course in held in a purpose built oak framed building complementing the rustic feel of the willow weaving. As this is an autumn event the addition of the roaring log burner and the free tea and coffee is very comforting.
The course starts with the very talented Sue Kirk describing how the willow is grown, harvested, dried and then readied for use by soaking. Sue also describes different forms of willow sculpture before getting us started on our own unique creations.
On the morning of day one you learn the basic skills and create the form of the body. After a light lunch or a proper meal in the visitor center cafe the afternoon is spent creating the head and blending it to and filling out the body.
Day two is where you get to create the character or you Reindeer. The tail, antlers and ears are now added. The antlers can be as big or small as you like and turn your "animal shape" into your very own "Rudolph", "Donna" or "Blitzen".
Again, after lunch you get to put the final details to your reindeer. Using stripped willow which is white you can add colour to your antlers and highlight the facial details and eyes.
When we were all finished a marvelous group photo was taken of us and our reindeer.
My course was a surprise birthday present from my wife. It was not anything I had ever thought of doing but was eager to get started. I enjoyed it immensely and have learnt a new skill which I am eager to try again at home.
I will be back to Trading Places soon for another of their brilliant courses.
Gerald Shirley - - #6685
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