We run willow weaving courses taught by some of the country's leading weavers. Please get in touch for more details but students can choose from round baskets, square baskets, willow sculpture, lantern making, willow hurdles and beginners weaving (lots of smaller items).
Each tutor is a full time weaver most with over twenty years' experience.
As well as learning how to weave and taking home what you make, you'll learn how to prepare your willow, what tools you'll need, varieties of willow and where to find resources.
Courses are open to all levels of willow weaving experience.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Copious amounts of tea, coffee and biscuits.
A lovely lunch with fresh home-made bread, soup of the day followed by fresh fruit.
All meals are vegetarian but do let us know if you have any other dietary requirements.
The course fee includes all materials required to complete the projects and use of tools and specialist equipment associated with each course.
Instruction will be given for the safe use of tools.
The minimum age for standard courses is 18.
Peter Wood at Greenwood Days
Ferrers Centre Melbourne Road Staunton Harold, Ashby-de-la-Zouch Derbyshire LE65 1RU
I had planned another very short visit to my beloved England this past Autumn, and was thrilled to be able to attend Tom Hares willow sculpture course at Greenwood Days. Since I was traveling from the US, and using only public transport in the UK, I needed assistance in getting to the woodland. Peter was a very gracious host, in helping me make plans, in collecting me from a nearby bus stop, and in providing a lovely woodland classroom environment and delicious hot soup and bread for lunch each day!
A willow weaver myself, I have been an admirer of Toms work since 2011 when I first visited Wakehurst Place. To say I was thrilled to attend is an understatement. It was a dream come true. I found Tom to be very generous tutor, answering all my questions thoroughly, offering encouragement and sharing the specific details and methods for the very unique weaving style he has developed in his sculptural work over the years. I learned so much and am now attempting to incorporate what I learned in my own practice here in Vermont, USA.
My classmates were three very lovely ladies about my age. I enjoyed their company immensely, the cups of tea and cake, a tour of the local area and a heaping dose of good conversation and laughter. I hope we are all able to follow thru on having a reunion for another course at Greenwood Days in a year or two!
My experience at Greenwood Days was first rate, in every way. I highly recommend this venue to anyone considering attending a course
I attended the beginners basket weaving class in July 2016; arrival in this beautiful and peaceful location got us all in the mood for 2 days’ of focussed but relaxed apprenticeship in the amazing art of basketry. Through practical application, a small class got to grips with the basics of willow weaving, making good progress on our first basket by the end of the first day. Day 2 gave us the chance to hone our newly discovered skills on a second piece. An inspirational tutor, Tom Hare gave us the confidence to complete some genuinely useful projects as well as sharing with us some insights into his own amazing sculptures. I am reminded of the course, every time I use my baskets which take pride of place at home and I keep dropping hints to Father Christmas for the chance to attend a follow up course!
I have completed two willow weaving courses at Greenwood Days, a basic course and willow sculpture. Both very different, with different tutors, but both really enjoyable. The tutors are very experienced, the things I have created are wonderful and the groups have been really friendly. Peter's hospitality is exceptional, as are the woodland surroundings. I will be booking more courses this year!