Before the invention of the plastic bag most shopping was carried home in baskets, and in Britain willow was one of the main materials used to make them. If you have ever studied and admired work by a basket weaver, this is your chance to jump in and give your hands a treat.
Over one day, experienced basket maker John Page will guide you through the stages of making a gorgeous traditional shallow basket in English Willow.
This an excellent beginner project in ‘stake and strand’ technique resulting in very durable and strong structure.
In this small workshop, there will be plenty of guidance and background information on this classic craft.
John also repairs harps and plays the organ. He is a patient and easy going tutor so come and join us for a creative, relaxing day.
Beginners welcome. The use of all tools and basic materials is included.
My sister, my dearest friend and myself attended this course last Saturday. I admit I wasn’t really looking forward to it. It also seemed quite expensive £115 for a willow basket.
The course was really well organised. The venue was easy to find. It was a small class of five. We had excellent tuition from John an extremely patient and skilled teacher. The atmosphere was informal. John was fantastic at helping me, the least capable! The tea trolley is a brilliant idea, we all had lovely refreshments, served with a smile. I was sorry when the day ended. We didn’t finish on time but John didn’t push us out the door. He continued until we were all satisfied we had a lovely willow basket. Making the basket wasn’t as easy as I had anticipated. A thoroughly enjoyable day we all had. Thank you to John and the support staff at the centre. I would highly recommend this course. With hindsight, I also feel the size of the class and the quality of tuition, makes the course good value for money.
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|Sat||06/10/2018||10:00||17:00||WILLOW BASKET MAKING||1 day||£115||Make a bread basket||Details||Register|
|Sat||24/11/2018||10:00||17:00||WILLOW BASKET MAKING||1 day||£115||Make a bread basket||Details||Register|