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Our 2013 Courses
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All Willow craft courses are priced at £35 for a half day, £75 for one day and £130 for two days (unless otherwise stated) and include all materials, lunch and refreshments.
All courses start at 10am and run through to either 1pm or 4pm. Times are flexible though - you won't be going home with an unfinished piece!
Please wear appropriate clothing for your course as some are held outdoors or in work sheds using steamed or wet willow rods.
All materials and tools required for your tuition will be provided and you take home anything that you make.
Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are provided. With this in mind please can you advise us of any dietary requirements, allergies or disabilities that we should be aware of when booking to ensure that your day runs as smoothly as possible.
If a course is full please contact us to show interest and we will try to put on another course if we have enough numbers.
Likewise, if you have a group of six or more wanting to do a course all together then we would be glad to accommodate you.
We need 6 or more on a course to make it viable for us to run so we reserve the right to cancel/change dates as applicable. We will move students to an appropriate course with their approval. Refunds or credit notes will be given if alternative dates are unsuitable.
Beginners should expect to take home a round platter or fruit bowl. You need no previous experience to be able to achieve your first basket. Intermediates are also welcome as we can tailor the course to add handles and borders.
There are a few requirements for this course, students must have a good working knowledge of weaving willow to be able to complete their coffin in the time available.
The 3 days allocated to the course are very intense, long and hard working.
Your lunch and all refreshments throughout the weekend are included.
A variety of courses showing you how to make Hurdles/Fencing, Conical Plant Climbers, Fans, Troughs and garden edging. Just make sure you have room in your car to take them home!
Living Willow Structures
Living Willow Structures - Arbours and Tunnels, Chairs, Fedges and Hedges. All living willow courses will start with an introduction into how you prepare, plant and maintain your living willow structures. We will also recommend the varieties of willows suitable to plant in your particular situation. Design, structure, weaving techniques and tying in for stability will be covered on all of the living willow courses.
Willow Sculpture using brown willow. Your tutor will adapt the class to accommodate any ideas the students have for their creations, you are only limited by your imagination and the time!. Anything from dragonflies, birds to leaping deer.
Seasonal Crafts & Lanterns
On our Christmas Crafts and Lanterns workshop, students will learn how to make Xmas wreaths, stars, angels, simple lanterns, hearth arrangements and trees - decorate them with ribbons, glitter, holly and ivy. Carnival lantern structures are made from buff willow covered with wet strength tissue paper and can be as big as you like!
A variety of projects just a little different from the norm including Bumble Bee Skeps, 3d Tissue Sculpture and Coffins.