Willow has been the essential material for making
baskets across northern Europe for centuries. Robust yet lightweight,
a willow basket is the ultimate sustainable container.
On this course you will be introduced to the basics
of stake and strand techniques. the main method used in this country
to make traditional baskets such as those used for fruit picking,
to transport produce to market, and for shopping baskets. A round
basket with a central handle, suitable for harvesting vegetables
or fruit, will be made over the course of the weekend.
You will be learning to manage the material and
get to grips with weaving a three dimensional form, learning the
different parts of the basket and the weaves associated with them,
as well as learning to use the tools.
A ‘slow’ craft, the skills take time
to acquire and for strength to build up in your hands. Making a
basket will completely engage your mind and body as you focus on
the different stages of base, siding, border and handle.
"Willow from Somerset and from my collection
of coloured bark willows will be used (not stripped and boiled
or white willow). I love the particular smell of soaked bark on
You will learn:
- the basics of stake and strand basketry techniques
- to work with natural ‘bark on’ willow
- about material preparation; grading, soaking, mellowing willow
- to use the tools
- the relationship between the size of material and the possibilities
of patterning and form
...and you will take away your own beautiful, sustainable basket
ready for gathering produce!
Hilary can also give information on planting your
own willow, if this is of interest.
All materials are included, plus you'll leave with
lots of things to take home.
Course numbers are restricted to a maximum of 10
people so there will be plenty of time for your questions and one-to-one
Lunch and refreshments will be provided from produce
grown at the Husbandry School, naturally.