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July 1, 2020

BROADRAKE – Willow Curlews

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

A very popular workshop for this iconic bird of the Yorkshire Dales, which breeds in the rough pasture around Broadrake. A framework is made for the body, and then random weaving is used, filling in the spaces with curves to outline the full body shape. The neck, head and beak positions can be adjusted to give each bird a unique pose.

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.

Phil will guide the group through all the processes to make sure that everyone masters the traditional basketry weaves or the framework & free weaving for the sculptural days. His gentle humour and excellent teaching style will make sure that everyone successfully creates their very own curlew. The finished curlews look great staked into long meadow grasses but are equally at home inside on a small block.  10 students max.