Norfolk Hedge Baskets reviews

28 Mar 24'

Helene reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"I thoroughly enjoyed the willow basket making course with Jonathan and his mascot Willow who was adorable! Jonathan was an excellent teacher. He helped ensure each of us got the tuition we needed to do a good job and make two baskets we could use and enjoy. On day two he really helped us consolidate our knowledge so that we felt able to apply our skills outside of the weekend session. Nice touch on Jonathan’s part to bring homemade cake and make coffee. He made sure we had enough breaks to keep us fresh and able to keep focused on the projects. If there was one thing I would enhance in the class it would be to add a bit more history and background about the tradition of growing and harvesting willow in Norfolk and basket making in the area."

24 Mar 24'

Karolina Fitzpatrick reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Very informative, relaxed and friendly course."

25 Feb 24'

Paula and Martha reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"My daughter and I enjoyed our basket making weekend. We left appreciating the skill, time and attention needed to make such baskets. However, Jonathan was most patient and scaffolded us all in the group very well. It was a friendly environment and we recommend the weekend. Tip -take more food than you normally eat as your brain works very hard! You definitely need a cushion or two also. Thank you Jonathan. It was a pleasant family memory for us both 😊"

Norfolk Hedge Baskets responded:

"Hi Paula thank you very much for your lovely review and thanks to you and Martha for making it such a lovely weekend. I hope you got a good insight into the work that is involved in every basket that is made thanks Jonathon"

22 Jan 24'

Sally reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Really enjoyed the course, despite some ups and downs I’m chuffed with the end results…more physical than I imagined.. could have done with bringing an old cushion!"

Norfolk Hedge Baskets responded:

"Thank you Sally for taking the time to write such a kind review and for making the weekend so enjoyable, regards Jonathon"

21 Jan 24'

Deborah Jarman reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Thank you Jonathon for a rewarding experience. You were very patient and helpful with everyone. If you are interested in doing a course making willow baskets , I would highly recommend this course with Jonathon."

Norfolk Hedge Baskets responded:

"Thanks so much Deborah for taking the time to write this lovely review. Well done this weekend and if you'd like to come again you'd be very welcome. Just book online. Regards and happy basket making, Jonathon"

30 Oct 23'

Mary Hansford reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Had a fantastic weekend basket making with Jonathon, he had a great energy that was infectious and made everyone relaxed and open. I found his method of teaching really great as it can't be easy supporting a room of novices, but he managed it with ease and everyone was very happy with our end results. Can't wait to do some more."

14 Aug 23'

Linda reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Had a lovely weekend basket weaving, with great group. Jonathon is very patient and gives really clear instruction, with lots of individual guidance and help. I came away with 2 baskets, and an appreciation of the work that goes into weaving baskets. I fully intend to 'have a go at home'. Thanks Jonathon (and Willow). "

11 Jun 23'

Alison & Elaine reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"An enjoyable two days spent making our willow baskets. Good venue, friendly tutor, well demonstrated, nice size group. Made two baskets each with different techniques. The homemade cake was delicious on both days. Thank you Jonathan and Willow the dog. "

22 May 23'

Wendy Russell reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"A thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Jonathan delivered a well-structured and accessible course and had infinite patience with anyone needing a little extra help, (such as myself who, being left handed, needed to apply many of the techniques he demonstrated in reverse). His teaching style was relaxed and friendly and the coffee and home made cakes were definitely welcome! Even as complete beginners we were able to take home two baskets which were worthy of being shown off. I would highly recommend the whole experience to anyone who would like to give basketmaking a try."

5 Mar 23'

Hazel reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"A brilliant two day workshop. Jonathan is an excellent teacher He gave us a demo of each stage then helped us all as we tried to remember what we'd been told, before moving onto the next stage. This was all in a very easy to understand way. Would highly recommend it."

29 Jun 22'

VLM reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Great weekend, Jonathan was an excellent teacher and made everyone feel welcome. My daughters and I enjoyed it immensely. We produced 2 products which actually resembled baskets and learnt several techniques. I would reccomend this course to anyone who wishes to have a go at this craft."

26 Jun 22'

Tamsin Robinson reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Warm welcome from both Jonathan and Willow. Supportive tutoring by Jonathan who demonstrated each step clearly and good pacing. He was approachable and willing to help whenever we got stuck though! I went with a friend both of us having never done willow weaving before. We had great fun in a small group where everybody was supportive. We now have a lovely unique small basket and bread basket that we can proudly show off these Anglo Saxon skills."

Norfolk Hedge Baskets responded:

"Thank you so much for your enthusiastic participation in making this a memorable weekend. Well done on your completed baskets and thank you for this review, regards Jonathon"

16 Mar 22'

Debs reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Hi, the course was relaxing, challenging, fun, friendly and so so rewarding. I cant wait to do another one. Thank you everyone|"

10 Mar 22'

Rach reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"The weekend basket making course with Jonathan was absolutely brilliant. We had a ridiculously fun time learning how to weave our baskets. Jonathon was patient and kind and created such a cohesive atmosphere with a group of strangers. He gave us as much creative control as he could within our baskets, letting us explore how the different varieties of willow gave different results. The weekend felt so therapeutic and I left wanting to buy a huge bundle of willow to keep playing at home! I couldn’t recommend the course more. Absolutely wonderful. I can’t wait to come back and learn more."

Norfolk Hedge Baskets responded:

"Thank you so much Rach for your lovely review. I can't wait to see you again on the next course to make a log basket. You certainly have the skills to take this much further, Jonathon"

5 Mar 22'

colin granger reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Wonderful course, Jonathon is a highly skilled craftsman, and first class communicator and teacher. The sessions were well paced, so even the slowest (me) !! could keep up and complete the two projects. If you want to just have a go at basket making ,or you are more experienced and want to learn more then I would recommend Jonathon as your first choice."

Norfolk Hedge Baskets responded:

"Thanks Colin, really appreciate the positive feedback. Congratulations of making two very fine baskets. Jonathon"

18 Jan 22'

Emily Chittenden reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"I enjoyed a weekend full of fun and learning and returned home with two lovely baskets. The pace was nice and relaxed with Jonathan providing clear guidance throughout. The homemade cake was much appreciated! Jonathan was always happy to assist but I would have found supporting diagrams helpful at times to illustrate some of the weaves/strokes for the numerous times I lost concentration; these would also allow for further home-learning. Thanks for a great weekend!"

17 Jan 22'

Janice reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend and am delighted with both my basket and my bread basket. Jonathan was a very good teacher, explaining and demonstrating clearly. He was encouraging, willing to answer our queries and was patient when assistance or repetition was needed. It was lovely to be amongst like minded people. We were all beginners and learned both terminology and techniques. Everybody completed their small basket on the first day and on the second day whilst making our bread baskets we were able to consolidate some methods from the previous day and to try more techniques. The only change I would like would be the addition of a brief break for a hot drink in the afternoon. I will definitely consider signing up for another course with Jonathan."

12 Oct 21'

Nicole Andrews reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Really enjoyable course and delighted by the new skills I learned and the baskets I made. Pace was good - explanations were clear and plenty of help available when needed. Highly recommended. Could happily do it all over again!"

12 Oct 21'

Donna reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Well, what can I say. I enjoyed every minute of the course. John is a wonderful teacher and I liked the short history pieces of information given throughout the course. He was very patient, and always willing to answer questions.I came away with two baskets that I am very pleased with. Thanks John, I'll be seeing you again for more basket weaving soon"

23 Feb 20'

Helen Pryer reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Always wanted to have a go at weaving and what a perfect way to do it. Had a great day, learnt a lot and came home with a lovely basket. Now I just have to convince friends and family that I did actually make it! ( With the help and patience of Johnathan!)"

11 Feb 20'

Paula reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"This course was bought for me as a present and it was such a brilliant idea. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day (and Jonathan's home made cake). Jonathan was an excellent tutor explaining things step by stop and being very patient when I forgot what I was supposed to be doing :). I can really recommend this course and will very probably book another one."

16 Aug 19'

MARY HOLDER reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Thoroughly enjoyed the day making a lovely willow basket with a handle. Jonathan is an excellent teacher and very patient! He is very knowledgeable and took us through the procedure step by step. I would recommend this course, in fact was so enthralled that I have booked on another! Looking forward to the next course in November and to see Willow again."

16 Jun 19'

Helen reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"This course was excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable day with a lovely basket to bring home at the end. Jonathan is a very good teacher. He is clear, patient, encouraging and more than happy to go over something again. Which was useful! Ably assisted by Willow the dog and plenty of tea, coffee and cake. I felt I learned a lot and would like to take another course and make a different basket."

9 May 19'

Jane Chittenden reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"Jonathon (who made the lovely allotment basket that I’m so fond of) was a first rate teacher. Not only knowledgeable (it is his day job, after all) but really good at explaining, at demonstrating and then guiding us as we went through each step. Great venue too, and just the right group size - and home-made cake was a nice touch! I'm thrilled with my basket and felt I've learned a lot."

11 Mar 19'

Evelyn reviewed: Introduction to English willow basket making- Weekend course

"My day of basket making was fantastic! Jonathan was a really brilliant teacher and gave everyone individual guidance. The pace was perfect and I really enjoyed learning a brand new skill. I’m proud of my handmade willow basket! I really recommend this course. Thank you very much.?"

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