Workshops and Courses
There are currently no public workshops planned but I am available for private bookings, talks and demonstrations.
Examples of classes available include:
The old favourite! I’ve been running this day for well over 10 years now and everybody still loves it! Make your own cute little piggy using a variety of coloured willow, organically grown and harvested (by me). Over the years I have developed a pattern which means everyone will end the day with their own recognisable pig. Use of tools, materials and liquid refreshments included in the price. Please bring your own pic-nic lunch. Please enquire if you would like information about camping. One day workshop.
For beginners or improvers, the ancient craft of basketry using organically grown (you can see it growing at the venue), multi-coloured willow. We will begin the day by deciding what kind of basket you would like to make: Complete novices may like to make a fruit basket, a blackberry picking basket or similar; those with some experience may like to be more ambitious! Then, using your choice of the colours provided, we will each make our own unique creation and furnish them with handles. Use of tools, materials and liquid refreshments included in the price. Please bring your own pic-nic lunch. Please enquire if you would like information about camping. One day Workshop.
Life sized Willow Deer.
This three day course includes camping, materials, use of tools and liquid refreshments (please bring your own food). I started running this course a few years ago - it is so satisfying to see these ambitious creations take shape over the three days. Both beginners and those with experience have previously taken part and everyone has left with a very impressive and individual deer. I help you decide what kind of deer and posture you are going to make in advance of the weekend and then guide and support you through the process. Camping is included in the price but not essential.
Please ‘phone or e-mail if you would like more information about any of these workshops. Payment will be required in advance in order to secure your booking. For those wishing to camp, you may be interested to know that there is a flush toilet and a wood fired bath / shower room. There may also be the opportunity to hire a vintage caravan or a horse-drawn caravan to stay in if you would rather do that than bring a tent - please ask for more details if you are interested. Regretfully no dogs allowed.
Private bookings available.
Content could include:
Willow animals such as owls, geese, cockerels, pigs, sheep, deer, horses and many others.
Stake and Strand Basketry - for beginners or improvers.
Foraging hedgerow materials for basketry.
Growing and harvesting willow, maintaining living willow sculptures.
Garden items, including plant supports.
One day courses or longer craft camps.
Camping available from April onwards - more details upon request.
These workshops are being held at an 8 acre eco-friendly, off-grid small holding and nature reserve, surrounded by beautiful countryside near the historic town of Sherborne in Dorset. If you would like more details of the above workshops or to hear of one-off events, do let me know by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org ,or telephone 07765 654771. I tend not to advertise my courses, instead I have an exclusive list of interested parties. Please note; I will not share your contact details with any other organisations.
For further details and pricing structures please telephone or e-mail. Please note that I do not check my e-mails daily, so if you would like a speedy response do telephone.
These willow weaving courses and rural craft workshops concentrate on using natural materials which are abundant all around us and do not rely on the use of fossil fuels. These courses are especially for people who love to submerge themselves in our natural world. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see a bit more of my long standing experience as a tutor.
Accommodation: There is a good selection of 'B&B's', hotels and caravan sites in the Sherborne area and 'wild camping' is available close by - more details on request.
Booking and Cancellation policy: Full payment will be required in advance of the day in order to secure your booking. Please note that should a booking have to be cancelled a full refund will only be offered if more than three weeks notice is given. If the organiser has to cancel a full refund will be offered. NB - placement on the courses does not infer the right to intellectual property.
If you require any further information please don't hesitate to get in touch, by telephone or e-mail.
All courses listed include refreshments, materials and use of tools. Please bring your own pic-nic lunch and ensure that you wear your work clothes.