West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Willow Log Baskets

Using traditional willow basket techniques this workshop will teach you how to make a very strong log basket. Strength is built into the basket in three ways: using larger material, using an 'underfoot' base and the addition of a 'foot' to the base. For this workshop we are delighted that Pascal Carr will bring his experience of making strong baskets and coffins.

Title Willow Log Baskets with Pascal Carr

Using larger material, this 2-day workshop will enable you to practice the basic techniques to make a large and strong log basket.  You will learn a new way of making the base.  Known as an 'underfoot' base this adds strength since you do not split the base sticks. You will also learn how to put a 'foot' onto the final basket - this is essential for a basket which will be used for carrying and holding logs - it provides a 'rim' for the basket to sit on and will ensure that the basket lasts for a very long time. Of course a log basket needs handles so you will also learn how to twist the willow and form a twisted handle. As well there will be opportunities to practices the various weaving elements in the basket, including a Fench Randing and a false wale  and so re-fresh your knowledge of traditional willow basket making.

About the tutor

Pascal Carr is new to West Moss-side as a tutor in his own right.  He is partner with Catherine Davies in the new basket making business All about Willow. he has been working on larger pieces.  His work is in the traditional style of Scottish and Irish baskets. 

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
You should have some basket making skills - perhaps you have been on the Introduction to Traditional Willow Basket Making at West Moss-side or sometime ago have made a basket. This is also suitable for intermediate basket makers wishing to extend their knowledge of basket making techniques.
Course format

Over the two days there will be sessions on the different techniques associated with each element of a basket. Underfoot base, foot and twisted handles will be introduced and taught.  Pascal will demonstrate and there will be time to practice and share problems under his expert guidance.

After completing this course...
You will have a beautiful, strong log basket to fill with logs and put beside your fire.

£140.00 There will be an additional cost for materials
Duration This is a two-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals Country farmhouse fare will be provided together with generous supplies of teas and coffee.
Accomodation Why not stay over the weekend with the family or friends in the Trossachs Yurts. Special rates for workshop participants.
Disabled facilities

More information Contact  Kate
How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me?

A notebook and a camera!  All tools will be provided. But bring a pair of secateurs and a Stanley knife or similar if you have them.

Are there any other related courses I can attend?
This is one of a number of willow basket making courses which will be run at West Moss-side for beginners and improvers.
Some photos from previous courses (click to enlarge)
Willow Log Baskets
Willow Log Baskets
Willow Log Baskets