Willow Frame Basket

Willow Frame Basket                                                                                                           TUTOR: Richard and Sue Kerwood

This is a one day course for people who are completely new to basketmaking to learn how to make a frame basket. These little baskets are a joy to make and are found in most cultures world-wide. This course is aimed at beginners and all tools and materials are provided.   This is a great opportunity to work with Sue and Richard to make a willow basket with willow grown in East Devon. You will be making a truly sustainable product.

About the course

Title:  Willow Frame Basket                                                                                           About the tutors:  Suzanne and Richard Kerwood have been growing and weaving willow in East Devon since 1997. Richard says: “Planting 157 varieties, harvesting annually by hand then leaving them to dry, the eventual weaving of these beautiful rods gives us a real sense of pride in both our work and our efforts to achieve an environmentally balanced lifestyle. We use no herbicides or pesticides; our only inputs are sunlight and water.”

Knowledge/skills: No previous experience needed.

Course Format:  The course will introduce you to the basics of making a frame basket. This is a traditional method used to make simple baskets and is a technique traditionally favoured by travelling basketmakers who would have used hedgerow material. You will also learn about how willow materials are harvested and prepared for weaving.

Information:                                                                                                                    Cost: £50 includes all materials, tea/coffee and cakes.                                          Duration: This is a one day course starting at 09:30 and finishing by 17:00                    Dates: Tuesday 14 May 2013                                                                            Accommodation: Dartington Estate has a range of accommodation with reduced rates. Contact: 01803 847147 email bookings@dartingtonhall.com quoting Basketry and Beyond Festival.                                                                                                                                                          What to bring: If you have basketmaking tools please bring a bodkin, knife, secateurs.   

Part of our programme of the ‘Heritage of Basketry in the South West of England’ supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.