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Willow Frame Baskets with Phil Bradley

November 4 @ 9:30 am - November 5 @ 5:00 pm

Willow frame basketry courses with Phil Bradley at Laya Point, Duddon Valley, Lake District, Cumbria


Willow frame basketry courses with Phil Bradley at Laya Point, Duddon Valley, Lake District, Cumbria


Willow Frame Basketry in the Lake District National Park

Frame baskets are some of the earliest and some of the most beautiful baskets ever made.
On this course we will explore this tradition and learn some of the unique techniques associated with willow frame baskets including the production and shaping of the frames and ribs and produce at least one finished piece of work.

 Willow basketry with Phil Bradley at Laya Point Permaculture in the Old School, Duddon Valley, Lake District, Cumbria

The techniques of Willow basket making

Over two days you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the techniques of basket making and perfect your hand skills through several attempts. You will certainly notice the difference in the quality of your baskets over the two days. Come away from the course with a good muscle memory of the skills involved and a basis in which to build upon your weaving skills, with variations and styles.
You should be able to complete either a round frame basket or a handled trug basket.
During the course we will look at the choice and preparation of materials for these baskets.
All materials and tools provided by the tutor, Phil.


There will be time to discuss willow growing and processing, preparation of materials, tool sharpening and to study other projects using willow.

No previous experience of willow work is required, all tools and materials will be provided. Be warned though, willow is seriously addictive stuff – this course could change your life!

Max number of students – 14

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 November : Cost – £150

Both days include an organic whole food lunch
Cottage accommodation available (see Staying with Us) 

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Willow grower and basketmaker, Phil Bradley

Phil Bradley is a basketmaker and willow grower living and working in Deanscales near Cockermouth in Cumbria.  He grows 38 varieties of willow in his 7 willow beds without any reliance on artificial herbicide and pesticide. He has been learning and practicing the various techniques of different provincial traditions for over 20 years. He grows, weaves, sells and educates about willow within the local region. He is an accidental advocate of slow-lifestyles, low-impact living, appropriate technology, beauty in function, and attending to the small things of life with mindfulness.

Willow Frame Baskets with Phil Bradley


November 4 @ 9:30 am
November 5 @ 5:00 pm
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