Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work

Making a Devon Maund basket with Dominic Parrette

Ref: SWE09417


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About this course

Learn to make a splint basket, also known as a Devon Maund. This rugged constructed (nailed joinery) basket made from cleft ash with the base and staves made from softwood, is currently an endangered craft.

Course Description

During the course you will make a no.4 Devon Maund, a traditional rugged frame basket made from ash. You will learn basic joinery techniques, as well as more advanced skills using traditional tools and techniques in shaping and steam bending green wood to form the frame of the basket.

You will learn:

- the safe and efficient use of a drawknife to shave cleft materials

- how to cleave green wood poles using a froe (splitting axe) and cleaving break

- the safe use of a steamer and how to bend heated wood around a former

Once the frame components have been shaped and nailed together the softwood staves are shaped individually and nailed into place forming a very strong basket.


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, 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


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials and equipment.

What students need to bring

  • Sturdy covered footwear are essential
  • Overalls/Apron

Student review

"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."

Mary, 2019


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.


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

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