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Willow: Weave your own plant support with Hazel Godfrey


Duration: 1 day, 10am - 4pm

Price: £80

Run by: Peter and Kimberley Keegan
at The Courtyard Art Studio

The Courtyard, Claydon Estate
Middle Claydon
Buckinghamshire
MK18 2EX

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About the Course

Create a fun and sustainable willow plant support - the perfect addition to your garden this Spring.

During this one-day course you will discover the techniques used to weave and create a willow plant support.

Using a jig to support construction you will learn how to stake up, organise and bind stakes securely prior to starting the weave. You will learn two weaving techniques: a three-rod wale for the base of the structure, then a pairing weave using several rods to create a rope-like spiral around the stakes that continues to the top of the obelisk. You will also learn how to finish the top with a willow binding.

Hazel will demonstrate each process and explain the principles behind the weaving techniques being used for each stage of construction.

By the end of the day you will have made a useful willow structure approximately 5 ft high and 18 inches diameter. You will be familiar with the principles of making conical woven structures and have the knowledge to confidently purchase materials to create more in the future.

A fact-sheet will be available containing useful diagrams, terminology and tips for sourcing materials, tools and suppliers.

This course is suitable for beginners.

What to bring:

Some tools are provided but if you have a sharp pair of secateurs and small long-nose pliers it would be useful. Please bring an old bath towel or similar for keeping your willow damp during the day. It is advisable to bring an apron or wear old clothes.

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, Coffee, biscuits and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided although The Phoenix Tea Rooms, just next door, provide an array of meals, light lunches and snacks. Alternatively, there is a fridge and microwave in the studio kitchen for you to use if you prefer to bring your own lunch.

Material fee:

There will be an additional fee of £12 for materials which is payable in cash to the tutor at the start of the course.



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A wonderful way to get back in touch with nature.

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 7th April 2019

  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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