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Ash Splint Baskets with Steve Tomlin

By Rachel Benson
Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, via Carnforth, LA6 3AX

An opportunity to work with ash splints with Steve Tomlin, who was taught by an Ojibwe craftswoman from Wisconsin. When an ash log is pounded, the seasonal growth rings separate out into layers, which are then prepared into the splints. Please note that you will be using splints already harvested by Steve and you won’t be expected to pound a log outside for hours! You will learn how to grade and prepare the splints for weaving and then be taught the traditional weaves to create a lightweight yet very strong table basket. This basket is suitable for beginners.

Cost £200. This includes the materials, all refreshments and freshly prepared lunches both days. Max. 8 students.

The workshop venue is at Broadrake in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, in a renovated traditional barn. The first floor open-plan living area creates a very spacious workspace with original beams and inspiring views.

Our basketry workshops take place over 2 days to ensure that you are not rushing to finish a basket in just one day. There’s nothing worse than trying to achieve a perfect border or tricky handle at the end of a long day and then having to travel home too.

We can offer accommodation with sole occupancy of a bedroom for £28ppn plus £7 to hire a full  bedding option. If you have a partner who enjoys walking, then why not book into a twin room and weave while they walk – plenty of low and high-level walks straight from the door.

For further details please visit https://www.broadrake.co.uk/workshops

To book please email [email protected] or call 015242 41357