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October 5, 2022

BROADRAKE – Ash Splint Baskets

Broadrake Bunkbarn, Chapel-le-dale
Ingleton, North Yorkshire LA6 3AX

Ash splint basketry is a new and exciting craft being introduced to the UK. An ash log is pounded to separate the individual growth ring layers which are then trimmed and woven into lightweight, elegant and strong baskets. Traditionally carried out in the USA, the tutor, Steve Tomlin, learnt to make these baskets with April Stone-Dahl, an Ojibwe craftswoman from Wisconsin.

Steve is an excellent tutor,  and the different stages are taught step by step, with everyone working together before moving onto the next stage. You will learn about the pounding, grading and preparing of the splints before moving onto actually weaving with the splint that you cut, trim and shave to give a smooth surface on one side of the weavers.

The splint that you will be using has been previously pounded and harvested by Steve; you are not expected to do this stage yourself!

This 2-day workshop is suitable for beginners and all materials and tools are provided.

The price includes all refreshments with home-baking and lunches.