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Willow Workshop

Mon 14 - Thurs 17 Nov 2016

Basketing Making c Norah Kennedy

image: Norah Kennedy

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

This four day course will introduce you to the different weaves, colours and varieties of willow. By the end of the course you will have made three or four 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 additional charge for materials used based on the size of your baskets, approx. £25 - £35 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in themselves and good for use’ and reviving at least a portion of the many traditional uses for willow that have been superseded, but not surpassed, by synthetic materials.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 Weekend Workshop (Fri 22 – Sun 24 Apr), Willow Structures for the Garden (Mon 25 Apr) and Festive Willow Morning (Fri 18 Nov).


£389 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.

£269 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


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

What to bring: 

All tools and materials are provided, however bring the following if you already have them: sharp pair of secateurs, knife, apron and notebook.

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Comments from previous events:
Great residential course - willow weaving, would highly recommend this centre. Catering was amazing as usual, rooms are basic but very comfortable. Staff are welcoming and the location is beautiful, well worth a day out or staying for a few days and learning a new skill on one of the fabulous courses available. Just spent 3 days weaving willow and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Can't wait to go again - Deborah.

Norah Kennedy

Norah Kennedy

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