Workshops and Courses
I am happy to announce some long awaited dates for spring/summer willow weaving days!
The workshops will be held in an open fronted, covered studio-barn, located in a beautiful valley on the Dorset/Somerset border.
Each day will start at 10am and finish at 4pm.
Materials and use of tools is included and teas and coffees will be provided. Guests are asked to bring their own pic-nic lunch.
To book onto any of the workshops please ‘phone or e-mail to reserve a place and payment details will be sent to you.
Saturday 25th May 2019, 10am-4pm
Gardening baskets; willow trugs, £85 per person.
For beginners or improvers, during this day we will each make a flat bottomed, rectangular basket with a cross handle - perfect for using in the garden or keeping your newspapers and magazines in. Using ancient techniques and multi-coloured, organically grown willow (which you can see growing at the venue), each basket will be unique. Maximum class size of 8. Booking closes Friday 10th May.
Sunday 26th May 2019, 10am-4pm
Willow pigs, £95 per person.
The old favourite! I’ve been running this popular day for around 15 years and have never yet seen two pigs the same! Make your own cute little piggy using a variety willows, organically grown and harvested. Over the years I have developed a pattern which means everyone will end the day with their own recognisable pig. Maximum class size of 8. Booking closes Friday 10th May.
Sunday 16th June 2019, 10am-4pm
Owls on plinths, £95 per person
Make an atmospheric sculpture which will be fitting inside your home or in your garden! We will each create an owl perched on a plinth. You may like to make a Barn owl, a Tawny owl or another type of owl. Different kinds of willow will be available to accommodate your choice. Maximum class size of 8. Booking closes Friday 31st May.
Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June, 10am-4pm
Free style! £295 per person.
I will guide beginners and improvers through the process of creating your own impressive and unique sculptue, from deciding posture and characteristics in advance of the weekend through to the finish on Sunday. Camping may be available at the venue (please ask for more details) but is not essential… there are many B&Bs in the area. Maximum class size of 6. Booking closes Friday 14th June.
If you would like any further information please do get in touch.
Private bookings also 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.
Workshops to be 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, get in touch by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org ,or telephone 07765 654771. Workshops and courses tend not to be advertised, instead there is a list of interested parties who are notified when dates are released. Please note; your contact details will not be shared with other organisations and you can unsubscribe upon request.
For further details and pricing structures please telephone or e-mail. Please note that e-mails may not be checked daily, if you would like a speedy response do telephone.
These willow weaving courses and rural craft workshops concentrate on using natural materials which are locally abundant and do not rely on the use of fossil fuels to use or produce. These courses are especially for people who love to submerge themselves in our natural world. Please scroll to the foot of this page to see some 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.
Dogs: If you have dogs with you they will not be allowed out at the venue, although car parking is close by to the work space and there are footpaths and bridleways right outside of the gate, so you will easily be able to walk them during the day.
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.