This new workshop is for anyone wanting to try their hand at the ancient craft of basketmaking.
It is suitable for beginners and will give an introduction to working with willow. You will take away the knowledge you need to get started on your own.
This course will help you understand more about the materials you need and how to source them. It will make you more aware of the tools required and you will learn the skills needed to make one of the earliest styles of basket.
In addition to having a new understanding of this craft and respect for the craftsmen and women of the past, you will have a beautifully organic basket to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.
This will be a relaxed workshop. There will be plenty of demonstrations and help will be on hand at every stage.
Tutor: Juliet Shelton
I have always enjoyed dabbling in different crafts but, having tried basketmaking several years ago, quickly became hooked. It is a hobby which complements my fascination in tradition and social history, two interests which happily collided when I discovered historic re-enacting. I now demonstrate this lovely ancient, and ageless, craft at events across East Anglia, appearing as a basketmaker from Mediaeval times through to WWII. My rustic baskets are made from English willow and provide a tangible connection with the natural world and the rural traditions of our ancestors. My workshops developed in response to a demand from like-minded people who were interested in traditional ways and who just wanted to have a go, stepping back from the busy pace of modern life and using natural materials to create something truly unique.
Before You Attend
This is a practical course involving movement around the workshop and working willow with your hands. It is a good idea to wear old clothes and practical shoes. You will be handling damp willow and, whilst every attempt will be made to keep the venue safe, the floor may become wet and slippery.
What to bring
All materials and tools will be provided but you may wish to provide the following for your personal use: Sharp bypass secateurs
Refreshments are included, but please bring lunch with you.