On this course, you will learn traditional English basket making techniques to make a randed rectangular base and stake up the sides. You will use waling to hold the stakes upright before you rand the sides of your basket in different coloured willow varieties, (varieties subject to availability). You will complete your basket with two sets of finger holes on both short ends by forward and reverse randing; then border down the top by using the stakes to hold everything together.
Making square or rectangular work is more skilled than round or oval work, as you need to keep the corners at 90 degrees to make it look its best. This course will give you the skills to develop other square or rectangular pieces in your own basket work.
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)
Stephen Caulfield is a professional basketmaker with over 33 years experience. He trained at Wilwood Products in 1985 as an apprentice in Brighton and after two years he started on piecework. He has supplied Harrods, Movies and TV channels, The London Palladium, and Glyndebourne Opera. Commissions include 28 hampers for all the NATO leaders. He is a member of The Basketmakers' Association.