IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR 2017
I will be taking a sabbatical from March 2017 to the end of September 2017 to focus on a personal project.
During this time I will not be running workshops or booking in or taking on any new work.
If you would like to go on the mailing list so that you will automatically hear when things are up and running again, please send me your name and email address via the contact us page.
Learn traditional willow weaving skills, in a relaxed atmosphere amongst lovely surroundings
You can learn how to make your own beautiful baskets, plant supports, lanterns, sculpture and more from English willow, the majority of which is grown locally. We have an ongoing programme of day workshops covering many aspects of willow weaving and basketmaking, suitable for beginners and improvers, run from our lovely 16th Century home in Shudy Camps. All materials and a delicious vegetarian lunch are included in the price. Gift vouchers are available.
(And talking of lunch....... we have had many requests for recipes and the most popular, namely the creamy baked cheesecake and carrot and fennel bread, can now be downloaded from the new recipe section!)
All courses are limited to 8 places (with the more in-depth basket courses having only 6 participants) ensuring plenty of individual attention.
The vast majority of the willow used is grown (and hand-harvested) locally at Meadowbrook Farm in Abington. It's organic, grown without pesticides or fertiliser, so no nasty chemicals on your hands!
Remember too that we can arrange bespoke workshops on a day to suit you. If you and a friend want to do something together we are now offering day workshops here for two at £220 (£110 each), for three at £255 (£85 each) and four at £280 (£70 each). This includes all materials and lunch. Also, if you would like us to advertise your workshop on the website, we might get other bookings, thereby reducing your costs. One-to-one tuition is also available here at Blacksmith's Cottage (£25 hour plus materials) or at a venue to suit you (£30 hour plus materials and travel.)
Please go to the section entitled Events for full details of each workshop. Please go to the section entitled Calendar for a list of workshop dates. Please go to the section entitled Galleries to see pictures of the workshops.
You can receive all course dates and details regularly by email by joining our mailing list.
If you wish to receive notification of upcoming workshops by email please contact us with your email address.
We are also able to run workshops at a venue to suit you - please contact us for more information (prices start at £275 a day).
"I meant to write earlier to thank you for such a fantastic day in September making baskets. It was fantastic. Teaching was perfect, allowing time for assimilation, allowing people to make mistakes without ever feeling that it was a problem, creating an atmosphere that allowed people to chat/ feel welcome/ ask questions. The lunch was completely delicious. And it gives you a huge appreciation for willow and wood and hand made items.
Tamsin Brown, workshop participant