Weave a willow hen with Dominic Parrette

Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work

Ref: S1D11250

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About this course

Learn how to make a sculptural willow hen using willow weaving techniques.

Course Description

Learn the basic skills to create a three-dimensional bird form in buff willow, and how to add detail and strength through choice of material and weaving technique. The course is designed as an introduction to using willow to make sculptural forms, and is for students with no prior experience of working with willow. Everyone will take home a finished willow hen.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply most of the materials, including willow, masking tape and use of necessary tools.

What students need to bring

  • Apron
  • Stout covered footwear - essential
  • Sharp secateurs or side cutters (if possible)
  • Camera (optional) to record techniques


Dominic Parrette

Dominic is a basketmaker and coppice worker with over ten years experience in teaching his craft.
He makes a woven willow structures, organic forms and frame baskets using a range of traditional and contemporary techniques.

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