This course will teach you how to make a square-based basket known as a willow trug. You'll begin by learning to make a base, connect the base with the sides, weave in a variety of different patterns, turn down a border in a decorative way and add a handle. You'll be able to take your handmade trug home - versatile and strong, these baskets can be used in multiple ways around the home and garden.
No experience is required. This is a great course for beginners and experienced weavers alike.
Your tutor for this course is Suzy Williams of The Coppice Co. In 2018 Suzy won a place on the National Coppicing Apprenticeship Scheme, during which she learned vital skills and knowledge from seasoned coppice workers. Now she manages coppice woodlands alongside teaching and selling traditional woodland crafts.
Our class sizes are small, so you'll have a chance to engage with the tutor while you work.
Saturday 18 May, 10.30am-4pm. There will be a short break for lunch and tea/coffee is provided.
|10:30 - 16:00
- Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Suitable for ages 12+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
- Meeting point
The Heritage and Rural Skills Centre is located in Coleshill village. Follow signs for the Coleshill Estate Office for the car park and look out for signs directing you to the location of the course.
- What to bring and wear
All tools and materials included. Wear practical clothes suitable for crafting. Please bring your own refreshments (or the means to purchase these from the on-site café).
Toilets on site, including accessible toilet. Level access into the teaching space. Some uneven surfaces such as cobbles due to the historic nature of the building. Please contact us if you require an accessible parking space or if you would like to have an informal chat about access before you book.
Mess room available for course participants to use during breaks. Drinking water and facilities for making tea and coffee available. Refreshments/lunches available to purchase from on-site café.
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