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Willow Weaving Courses

The Musgrove family has always been passionate about willow and keeping specialist weaving skills alive. It is important for us to share our willow knowledge and help those who share our passion for willow crafts.

One of the ways of doing this was by holding weaving courses on our willow farm. In the early days, members of the Musgrove family taught students. As demand grew, more courses were added to the itinerary and external tutors were employed to help. Recruitment wasn’t easy. It takes a special person to be able to teach.

***Courses are postponed for the foreseeable future***

Over the years, strong relationships were built with a number of brilliant basket makers, sculpture artists and hurdle makers. Today, they are no longer just valued customers. Many have become good friends. They have helped us to teach thousands of people the skills to make beautiful pieces from willow. Each tutor did an amazing job. Many former students are now teachers themselves!

  • Family business spanning four generations
  • Growing & supplying willow for almost 100 years
  • Award-winning products & service
  • Highly skilled willow weavers are based onsite

A changing business

The emphasis of the business has changed in recent years. COVID has also played its part. People learn best in a happy and relaxed environment. One of the joys used to be showing students around our farm and introducing them to our own talented weavers. Having a natter over lunch with people from all walks of life was a real pleasure. In this day and age it is difficult to reproduce that. The health and safety of staff and students is paramount.

While willow sales continue to increase, the most prolific growth has taken place in our coffins division. Our in-house weaving apprenticeships have also been a resounding success. Former apprentices are now weaving incredible coffins and caskets and these are being sent to Funeral Directors across the UK. Our fence panel weavers are also busy making fencing for private residences, leisure parks and estates. Musgrove Willows has never been busier!

Against this backdrop the decision has been taken to suspend courses for the foreseeable future. If you are interested in taking a willow weaving course, the tutors below are well worth contacting.

Annemarie O’SullivanBasketry

Eddie GlewBasketry

Emma Parkins – Animal sculpture & season courses

Hedgerow HareCourses & equipment

Jenny CrispBasketry & garden

Joe & Ciaran Hogan – Basketry

Joe GregoryAnimal sculpture, art sculpture & basketry

John CarrieBasketry

Juliette HamiltonAnimal sculpture & seasonal

Jaqueline Rolls – Animal sculpture & garden courses

Leilah VynerSculpture, basketry, fencing & seasonal

Mary CrossPrivate & public workshops & courses

Mel BastierSculpture, basketry, garden & seasonal

Nicki RowlingBasketry, garden & seasonal

Rachel HarwoodAnimal sculpture, garden & plant supports

Rachel HuttonBasketry, cosmetics, furniture & living willow

Stuart PhilpotBasketry

Sue RadfordSculpture, basketry & garden

Willow TwistersSculpture, garden & seasonal

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