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Willow Basket Making

Basketmaking; Image copyright Norah Kennedy

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

Taught by Norah Kennedy

Fri 24 ­ - Sun 26 Apr 2015

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 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 £25 payable to Norah direct.
Norah Kennedy
Norah’s love of natural materials started when she worked as a herdswomen and was enhanced when she retrained as a willow basketmaker 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in themselves and good for use’ and reviving at least a portion of the many traditional uses for willow that have been superseded, but not surpassed, by synthetic materials.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 27 Apr), Willow Workshop
(Mon 9 ­ Thur 12 Nov) and Festive Willow (Fri 13 Nov).
£270 pp    includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition / activities.
Non- Residential:  £189 pp  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 and materials are provided, however bring the following if you already have them; sharp pair of secateurs, knife, apron and notebook
Why not make it a long Crafty Weekend by booking this course with Norah’s Willow Structures for the Garden Day Workshop (Mon 27 Apr) and adding a B&B package.

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