Bamboo Basketry Techniques

Bamboo basketry techniques
In 2007 Basketry and Beyond’s Bamboozle – Bridge the Gap festival took place in Porthleven, Cornwall. The festival was designed around highlighting skills associated with split wood basketry and the use of bamboo both locally and internationally. Master craftsman Mitsuki Fujiwara travelled from Japan to demonstrate the use of finely split and woven bamboo.

We continue to explore these links and promote bamboo basket making skills and for the 2013 Fishing, Farming and Fashion festival we are honoured that  Mr Masashi Kutsuwa and Mr Shinichi Kito are able to take part and offer a workshop showing the finer details of the techniques of hexagonal basketwork, particularly with reference to the preparation of bamboo. This has been made possible with funding from The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

About the course:

Title: Bamboo basketry techniques

About the tutor: Masashi has founded the Japan Association of Green Woodwork. He initiated a revival in the making of baskets used for fishing using cormorants on the Nagara River, an occupation with 1300 years of tradition, recognised as an invaluable part of Japanese culture. Mr Kito is now supplying the fishermen with some new baskets.

There are three different types; for transporting the cormorants – large hexagonal weave baskets with compartments and lids, baskets the fishermen use for keeping the birds at home and the hake-kago which is used for keeping the caught fish.

Knowledge/skills: Previous basketmaking skills and good knife skills are required.
Course Format: The workshop will involve making bamboo basket using hexagonal weave. Learning the skills to process the bamboo is the most important skilled and time consuming part of the making. Tools for this course are a hatchet and knife and there will be an opportunity to order Japanese tools in advance if students are keen to acquire them.
Cost: £180 (not including tools which you may want to purchase)
Duration: This is a two day course starting at 10:00 and finishing by 17:00
Dates: Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May 2013
Accommodation: Dartington Estate has a range of accommodation with reduced rates. Contact: 01803 847147 email quoting Basketry and Beyond Festival.

What to bring: Makers who have previously worked with bamboo will have suitable tools already. The tutors may bring tools to purchase, please let us know if you need these.