Discover the skills and learn the techniques for making a traditional frame basket, known as a "whisket". Over two days you will prepare all of the components, straight from rods of hazel, with a minimum of tools, before assembling them into a whisket of your own creating.
The "Whisket" is a traditional, round-bottomed basket, made from split hazel, that has its origins in the Welsh Marches and Mid Wales. It is similar in style to the Welsh "Cyntell", consisting of an oval or round rim (also made from bent hazel), to which ribs are attached with long, weavers.
Some advisory notes...
The preparation of split hazel physically demanding, more so than traditional willow basketry. The process is probably unsuitable for people with a history of back/ neck/shoulder or knee problems although knee pads will be provided and alterative, less demanding methods may be used.
27th -28th of May - Hazel Basket Making with Lewis Goldwater
Once booked, courses are non-refundable.
All meals are provided on the course, along with unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
There is plenty of camping space and places to park small campervans. We have a hot shower and compost toilet on site.