Hazel wall basket workshop – 9-10 March 2019


£150 includes all materials,

This is a 2-day workshop learning how to make hazel wall baskets or ‘swallows nest’ baskets.

Tutoring will take place 9.30am – 5pm on 9th and 10th March at Red Bank Farm, Skelsmergh. 

Hazel can be found almost everywhere and as a result is used as a basketry material all over Europe. In England these baskets are becoming more popular and undergoing a resurgence, largely due to the efforts and research of Ruth Pybus in North Wales. I learnt to make them in 2016 and have been teaching them ever since.

Hazel baskets need minimal equipment to make so are very accessible. The course will cover material selection, safe knife use, making hazel splints, bending rims and ribs, and weaving patterns.

Skill level: beginner. A degree of physical strength and dexterity is needed. Weaving with wood can be difficult and repetitive and involves a lot of sitting down. If you think you might struggle with this then I’m happy to discuss it and explain in more detail.

The venue is a traditional Lakeland barn on a gorgeous smallholding owned by a potter and a former swill-basket maker.  Only a few miles north of Kendal and a stones throw from my own workshop. Sadly no accommodation is available on site but there is plenty in Kendal and I’ll be happy to help you find somewhere.

What’s included?

2 days tuition from an expert in splint wood basketry.

All tools are provided for the course.

All material costs are included.

Book your place now. 7 places available

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Once you have made the purchase there will be a PDF available to download with additional course information, directions, what to bring etc.

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