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Willow Structures for the Garden

Mon 24 Apr 2017

Willow Garden Structures c Norah Kennedy

image: Norah Kennedy

Discover the ancient craft of willow weaving creating wigwams, trellises and willow structures - one for the crafty garden lovers!

Why spend money on willow structures for your garden when you can make your own?!  This is a fun, hands-on course which showcases the joy of working with willow and teaches the simple willow weaving techniques of this five thousand year old craft.  Norah will provide individual guidance as we only have small group sizes.

Students can expect to produce two wigwams, a fan-shaped support, heart-shaped support, a trellis and perhaps even a small hurdle.  Remember, these are large items, so leave plenty of space in your car for the journey home.

About the Leader:

Norah Kennedy's love of natural materials started when she worked as a herdswoman and was enhanced when she retrained as a willow basket maker in the 1980s.  Her interest lies in making baskets that are ‘right in themselves and good for use’ and reviving at least a portion of the many traditional uses for willow that have been superseded, but not surpassed, by synthetic materials.  She has been teaching at Kingcombe for eighteen years.

Norah will also be teaching Willow Weekend Workshop (Fri 21 to Sun 23 Apr), Willow Workshop (Mon 13-16 Nov) and Festive Willow Morning (Fri 17 Nov).


£85 pp  -  includes all tuition, materials as per above, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


Arrive from 9.45am for morning tea.  The course will start at 10.00am and finish at 4.00pm.

What to bring: 

All tools are provided, however please bring the following if you already have them: a sharp pair of secateurs, a knife and a notebook.  Willow work can be a little messy so we recommend bringing an apron or wearing old clothes.

Why not make it a long crafty weekend by booking this course with Norah’s Willow Weekend Workshop (Fri 21 – Sun 23 Apr) and adding a B&B package.

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Comments from previous events:
We were really impressed with both the Willowing workshop, with Nora and the refreshments/lunch; one of the best workshops I've been on!  The chef Peter was very welcoming & the food was fab!  A beautiful setting, such a lovely place to be! We're looking forward to booking another workshop sometime - Lou.

A very special day spent with like-minded people.  The Centre is in a fabulous setting, so peaceful.  The workroom is ideal, light, bright with enough space to work on projects.  The lunch was amazing, will certainly be bringing friends to walk the area and have some great food one weekend soon.  Will certainly keep an eye on the courses available - Sue.

Norah Kennedy

Norah Kennedy

KC.14 Willow Wksp c Nicola Hawkins (6)

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