Sweet Chestnut Foraging Basket 4th – 5th Oct, 9am – 5pm, £180.00, Venue – Trill Farm, Dorset
Sweet chestnut bark is a superb material to make baskets with being both strong and flexible. On this two day course students will be shown how to prepare bark and then to weave a small foraging basket with a bent chestnut handle.
Day one will begin with looking at tree bark and the different ways it can be utilised in basketry. We will also discuss how to source, gather and store the bark. Practical work will begin with bending the blanked out handles into forms ready for day two. Then once the students have prepared the bark we will start weaving a square bottomed twill weave basket.
On the second day students will go on to complete the weaving and borders of their basket, focusing on different rims and how to fit handles.