On this course you learn to how to look at drawings and photographs of animals and learn how to translate these into life-sized, three-dimensional animal forms using willow. Suitable animals are: a cockerel/chicken, sheep, fox, deer or pig, but alternatives may be chosen following discussion with the tutor on suitability.
You will learn to look at structure, tension and form to express meaning and animation as you construct and weave your animal. Cable ties will be used to construct the 'skeleton', hence there will be no metal formers used. There will be discussion on how to use and manipulate willow - including selecting willow from the varieties available and soaking prior to use.
The tutor will give many demonstrations on the making process and also plenty of individual tuition as work continues. He will also bring full sized examples of each animal - cockerel/chicken, sheep, fox, deer or pig, as a visual guidance.
The course will begin with a discussion on the tools, willow and animals and you will make your choice ready for the next day. This allows willow appropriate for each selection to be soaked overnight and made ready. You will also start to make some willow structures.
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.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
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)
"Brilliant tutor, helpful, encouraging, patient and good at explaining and demonstrating the process of willow weaving a hare. Beautiful surroundings, easy parking, good and accessible food and drink. Plenty of room to relax between sessions."
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.