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Ash Splint Basket Making

By Rachel Benson
Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3AX

Ash splint basketry is a new and exciting craft being introduced to the UK. An ash log is pounded to separate the individual growth ring layers which are woven into lightweight, elegant and strong baskets. Traditionally carried out in the US, tutor Steve Tomlin learnt to make these baskets with April Stone-Dahl, an Ojibwe craftswoman from Winsconsin. You will learn about pounding, grading and preparing splints and all the skills to weave a practical, strong and beautiful table basket. NB.The workshop will use previously harvested material that will require grading and preparing for weaving. The workshop fee includes all materials, refreshments and lunches.