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Willow Workshop Weekend

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

KC.14 Willow Wksp c Nicola Hawkins (98)

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Discover the ancient craft of willow weaving whilst you enjoy making traditional baskets to take home.

This two and a half day course will introduce you to the different weaves, colours and varieties of willow.  By the end of the course you will have made two or three round baskets, or if more experienced, an oval or square basket for use in the house or garden.  As you weave your basket you will be introduced to techniques such as slewing, randing, pairing and waling so that each of your baskets is unique.  You will return home with a sense of achievement in the beautiful objects that you have made.

Norah will teach you about the history and traditions of this five thousand year old craft. In the evening you will watch a DVD showing how the willow is grown, harvested and processed for use by different basket makers.  There will also be books and photographs to inform and inspire.

Note:  There is a small charge for materials used based on the size of your baskets, usually around £15 - £25 payable to Norah on the day.

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in themselves and good for use’ and reviving at least a portion of the many traditional uses for willow that have been superseded, but not surpassed, by synthetic materials.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 Structures for the Garden (Mon 24 Apr), Willow Workshop (Mon 13 - Thur 16 Nov) and Festive Willow Morning (Fri 17 Nov).


£289 pp Residential  -  includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£209 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 1pm on Friday with lunch, before the first afternoon session.  The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Sunday with afternoon tea.

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 Structures for the Garden Day Workshop (Mon 24 Apr) and adding a B&B package?

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Comments from previous events:

Well, I have very happily given the course a five star rating!  Say no more really.  Fantastic tuition from the ever patient and delightful Nora, lovely venue and super new work space and very comfortable bed and breakfast arrangement - Alex.

Norah Kennedy

Norah Kennedy

KC.14 Willow Wksp c Nicola Hawkins (6)

KC.14 Willow Wksp c Nicola Hawkins (91)