A week of willow weaving with true craftsman, Eddie Glew. Learn a variety of skills to make baskets, sculpture or structures for your garden. All abilities welcome – from the complete novice to experienced basket makers
As a first project, we suggest making a round, oval or square basket. Later in the week there will be chance to develop a second project of your choice. This may involve further basketry techniques or a more sculptural approach. Eddie will also explain the basics of using living willow in your garden to build larger structures. (Note this is a seasonal activity which must take place in the winter months.)
The class will be garden-based, with the studio as back-up in case of poor weather. The views across the fields to Carsington Water makes this a lovely place to work.
“Excellent tutor, lovely surroundings and hospitality” M.D.
Tutor: Eddie Glew
Eddie is a hugely talented willow weaver and creative practitioner. His portfolio shows a raft of innovative work from traditional baskets to sculpture and interior design.
Previous clients include The National Trust, Windsor Castle, Alton Towers, Nando’s Restaurants and film production companies. He produces his own heritage collection and makes to commission for private customers.
He is an experienced tutor and has featured on Channel 4’s ‘Kirsty’s Handmade Home’ and BBC’s ‘Garden Rescue’.
To view Eddie’s own website visit www.blithfieldwillowcrafts.co.uk
“Eddie was brilliant as a tutor – really helpful, patient and clear and also very encouraging” L.C.
Eddie uses locally coppiced willow from Staffordshire along with willow from Somerset. Tools are provided.
Materials fee: approx £30 – £60 depending on what you choose to make
(This is in addition to the course fee)
Timings & Refreshments
Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee & introductions
Tuition: 10.00am – 4.30pm*
We take an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish
Lunch & refreshments are included in the course fee
Help yourself to drinks & biscuits. Home-made cake mid afternoon
*Note: Wednesday afternoon is untutored time, leaving you free to explore the local area or continue working in the studio if you wish. A packed lunch will be provided on this day to eat in or take away with you.