Craft Courses

WILLOW WEAVING WORKSHOPS with tutor Phil Bradley

Course Dates 2017

Thursday 27th April - Garden Structures - 70

Wednesday 28th June - Curlews - 70 - NEW DATE ADDED due to popular demand

Thursday 29th June - Curlews - 70

Wednesday / Thursday 13th / 14th September - Basket Making - 120 - FULL

Tuesday / Wednesday 14th / 15th November - Basket Making - 120 - proposed extra date subject to numbers.
Please get in touch if interested.

Thursday 23rd November - Xmas Angels - 70

Courses are 9.45am to 4.30pm approx. Price includes lunch and refreshments

Tutor Phil Bradley lives in NW Cumbria where he grows his own sustainable willow for basket-making, garden structures and also bird sculptures, all popular workshop topics. He has created some amazing structures and sculptures at RHS Harlow Carr and also takes commissions.

Phil's teaching style is relaxed and gentle, yet effective, so everyone achieves the necessary skills to complete the workshop task, be it a useful piece of willow weaving, basketry or merely decorative.

We asked Phil to run a workshop on Curlews in 2016 which was the first one on this topic for Phil. He succeeded as you can see from the pictures of the very pleased participants. We are pleased to offer the Curlews workshop again, this time in June, when we hope that our local curlews will still be around for us to hear their evocative call.

The two-day basket making workshop will take place in a stunning open-plan barn with lovely views of Whernside. Phil will guide the group through all the processes to make sure that everyone masters the essential skills of traditional basket making. It is a very satisfying process and you will make one large basket to take home at the end of day two.

The organic willow is included in the price of the workshops and all the tools required will be provided but please bring your own secateurs if you prefer. The April workshop on garden structures may well be chilly, so please come with layers of clothes since we will be working in an outside barn for the large twigwams.

The price includes all refreshments, a good lunch and home-baking.

On his own plot Phil has enlisted the help of friendly hens that clean up the weeds from the willow beds.

There are some pictures from our 2015 courses here -

May 2015 - Sheep
July 2015 - Hares

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