Traditional willow vegetable hod basket with Eddie Glew

Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work Garden courses

Ref: S2D12485

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About this course

Learn how to weave a traditional vegetable hod basket. You will learn a range of skills that will also be useful for other types of willow basket.

Course Description

Learn how to weave a traditional willow vegetable hod basket. It is designed to keep the vegetables in the dark and aerated, while always taking the oldest first.

The skills you’ll learn will be useful throughout all your other basketmaking endeavours.These may include lids, cordage handles, wale to border opening, lid borders and traditional skills of waling, randing, slewing and pairing.

This is an excellent basket to take your basketry skills to the next level. It is suitable for those who have some previous experience of willow basketmaking and have previously made at least one small basket and are familiar with handling willow. Please note that you may need to work into the evening to enable you to complete your hod.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Tools may be borrowed form the tutor but please bring as many as you have available on the following list (but do not buy anything especially before you come).
  • For willow basketmaking:
  • A tape measure and ruler
  • Pair of sharp secateurs and a good pen knife
  • Pair of side or wire cutters
  • A rapping iron
  • Basketmaker’s bodkin (can be borrowed from the tutor)
  • Sturdy covered footwear is essential in this workshop.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will supply the willow to make your vegetable hod, this will cost around £15-£20 and should be paid to him before the end of the course.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).



Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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