Tutor Phil Bradley lives in NW Cumbria where he grows his own sustainable willow for basketry, garden items as well as bird & animal sculptures, all popular workshop topics.
Frame baskets are one of the earliest forms of basket shape, and the position of the curved ribs will dictate the overall depth of the basket, from almost flat, as a platter, to deeper, for a lovely fruit bowl, or gathering basket for the garden. The soaked and mellow willow will behave well as you guide it in and out of the framework, starting with decorative weaves to fasten in the main ribs.
Phil is a brilliant teacher; his endless patience and gentle humour will give you an enjoyable day whilst learning a traditional heritage skill.
This is a 2-day workshop to allow time for the different skills to be embedded and for you to get used to manipulate the bendy willow. Max. 8 students
Warning, working with willow can be addictive!