Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel this course, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

Willow coffins are completely natural and biodegradable and are among the most environmentally friendly coffins available. They are the ultimate in environmental recycling as willow is a highly renewable crop harvested each year which involves minimal processing and it can also degrade rapidly in the soil.

On this course you will learn how to make a decorative oval willow coffin, with sisal rope handles, a wooden base and lid with a wooden centre. The coffin that you make will be yours to take home.

The course is suitable for those who have some basket making experience, waling, single French randing, English randing, and borders.

Things we will do:

  • Learn about the cultivation, harvesting and use of willow as a craft resource.
  • How to sort and prepare materials ready for making the coffin.
  • Learn advanced techniques, working with large material, a variety of weaves and fixings and fastenings.

*Please note there will be an additional fee of £120 per participant for materials.

Tutor: Out to Learn Willow

Out to Learn Willow are a small company based in the Vale of Glamorgan, specialising in all aspects of working with willow. We provide fun and creative willow weaving workshops; beginners baskets, garden structures, willow sculpture, living willow and much more. We are also makers of willow craft and traditional baskets.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Know the process of making an oval coffin using traditional methods.
  • Gain knowledge of different weaves, borders and how to work with large material.
  • Have a beautiful willow coffin.

What could be more satisfying then making your own willow coffin. The materials that you will be working with are all completetly natural and the methods that we’ll be using ensure that your coffin will be very strong and longlasting. The coffin can be stored indoors for many years to come.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

Start and finish times

This course officially starts at 10.00am on the Monday. Please aim to arrive between 9:00 – 10:00am. Lunch will be provided on arrival day. There will be coffee and cake available from 4pm onwards. Breakfast will be at 8am. The course will end on Friday at 4:00pm.

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Tools will be provided although you may want to bring a pair of favourite secateurs.
  • A camera may be useful to record the different stages of the coffin making.
  • If you’ve already made a few baskets and have your own tools, you’re welcome to bring them.

From the tutor

  • Materials that you will be working with are entirely natural and more often than not, you will use damp soaked willow so please wear appropriate clothing - nothing too smart and definitely no white!
  • We will be working with large material which is hard on the hands, you may want to bring some hand cream.
  • All tools and materials will be provided and you will take home whatever you make.
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