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Willow Sculpture – Weave your own ‘Power Animal’
May 20 @ 10:00 am - May 21 @ 5:00 pm£150
Over two playful and relaxing days learn how to make willow sculptures with master craftman Phil Bradley.
On this course you will learn all the techniques of willow handling and sculpting and will produce at least one finished piece of work which you can take home! Learn the ways to establish the stable foundation framework for a delightful sculpture, how to develop volume and movement and all the little ways to make it come to life!
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 20 – Sunday 21 May, 10am-5pm
Cost – £150
Both days include an organic whole food lunch
Cottage accommodation available (see Staying with Us) – £35
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.