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Flat-bottomed willow basket making

  • Sat 11th Nov 2017.
    Course starts at 10:00am and ends at 5:00pm.
    Course fee (not including food and accommodation) £60.

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Willow basket making is an ancient and fascinating skill.

Throughout history strong containers have been needed for all aspects of everyday life and the combination of lightness and strength make willow the ideal natural material.

In this workshop you’ll discover the wonderful nature of willow. You’ll make a traditional round basket and also learn about the growing, harvesting and preparation of willow.

Whether you are a complete beginner or you have made a basket before this workshop is suitable for you!

Differing from the methods used in making Frame Baskets at CAT in April, we will create baskets using Stake and Strand techniques. Firstly the base is made, side stakes are inserted and the sides woven up, finishing with the border.

And because simple and non-specialist tools are needed, and you can even grow the materials yourself, it is not difficult to continue to practise what you have learnt!

The only warning is that willow basket making can become addictive!

Things you need to know

Due to the nature of this course some practical work may be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

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• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

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Our course fees include tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

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