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‘I just wanted to say again thank you both for organising such a lovely course. 
I am thrilled to bits with my finished basket and look forward to meeting you both on 
another course in the not too distant future – please keep me on your mailing lists.
It has been an unforgettable few days’.

For current courses 2017 see below:

Course in the Azores 13 – 20 May

Devon maund course 5/6/7 July

Pigeon basket course 22nd /23rd /September


Basketry and Beyond Azores course in Sao Miguel, Azores

13th to the 20th May, 2017

Tutor: Aida Bairos from Santa Maria, Azores
Hilary Burns and Geraldine Jones will be co-ordinating this visit and drawing on experiences gained when they developed a Land Art Project on Sao Miguel four years ago. They will be organising trips, providing transport around the island, sharing the week’s activities with everyone and ensuring that the visit will be a success.

For travel details and additional information please go here: AZORES TRIP INFORMATION

To read more about the history of Basketry in the Azores click HERE

Please contact me with any other queries, email is the best option
geraldine@basketryandbeyond.org.uk
01736 762055 or 07773124241


Pigeon Basket Course

A two-day course to make a small double-tiered pigeon basket, a replica of one held in the Imperial War Museum archive at Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Baskets of this type were used in World War One. Course suitable for those with some basketry experience.

Date:  Friday 22nd/Saturday 23rd September 2017 10am – 5pm

Venue: Willow and Wetland Centre, Stoke St Gregory, Somerset TA3 6HY

Tutors: Jonathan Coate and Hilary Burns

Cost: £160.00    Includes all materials, light lunch and refreshments

Camper vans or caravans may be parked in the car park, bathroom facilities available. For other accommodation options please contact nicola@coatesenglishwillow.co.uk

To book please complete the booking form on the Basketry and Beyond website. Enquiries to hilary@hilaryburns.com or telephone 01803 553144

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image © IWM (FEQ 813) http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30028471

There will be a small display about the work of the Basketry Then and Now World War One project in the museum at Coates English Willow, with a focus on baskets used for the military effort. On Saturday there will be a short talk and the event will be advertised to the public. The Basketry Then and Now project is being run from the Everyday Lives in War Centre at Hertfordshire University.

To see the project blog, video and newsletters:  https://everydaylivesinwar.herts.ac.uk/?page_id=2810


DEVON MAUND – WILLOW BASKET

Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th & Friday 7th July 2017

Tutor: Hilary Burns

This course is being run by The Old Kennels. Book here.

Hilary Maund - Bicycle basket

Make a traditional North Devon Maund basket in buff willow with hazel feet approx. 18” long. The word ‘maund’ appears in documents dating from the 1500s and was an agricultural basket usually round or oval with two side handles or finger holes, some were made to an exact specification and used as a measure (bushel baskets). This one, used in the pannier markets of North Devon is different, it begins as an oval that turns into an oblong, with a lid designed to form a shelf when open, on which produce such as butter and eggs would be displayed by farmer’s wiv

This versatile basket involves the making of an underfoot base, handles, feet, latches, square borderwork and a lid. It is suitable for those already familiar with the basics of English basketry techniques, who wish to improve their basket making skills.

£225 (plus materials approximately £20)

 


PREVIOUS COURSES

 

BUILD YOUR OWN SHAVE HORSEPeter Lanyon shave horse

Tutor:    Peter Lanyon
Date:      1 October 2016
Time:     9.30a.m- 5.00 p.m
Venue:  Marazion Church Hall, Cornwall
Price:     £115, including all materials and greenwood for practice session

This is an opportunity for basket makers who would like to own their own shave horse. Basketry and Beyond has invited Peter Lanyon to Cornwall to lead a one day course during which you will be able to make your own horse and have a go at using it.

He will be bringing pre-drilled materials and there will be a certain amount of sawing and hand drilling to complete the horse. Once assembled there will be a practical session to experiment with greenwood splitting, shaving and making splints for basketmaking.

Build a Shave Horse

This shave horse is a hybrid, combining the best features of Mike Abbott’s lumber horse with the ingenious folding horse developed by Masashi Kutsuwa.  Peter has added a few of his own touches to make this extremely versatile and portable horse.  It can be set up and folded away in a matter of seconds, is fully adjustable, suits all leg lengths and tucks comfortably under one arm.  It can be hung on the wall, taking virtually no room in your shed or workshop.  A very useful and convenient tool.

Tuition will be given on basic woodworking techniques, including measuring, marking out accurately and cutting to a line.  If there is time you can carve your seat for added comfort.

 


3 DAY COURSE in FRAME BASKETMAKING

Tutor; Lee Dalby
Venue; Marazion, Cornwall
Dates; 23rd, 24th and 25th April 2016
Accommodation available nearby from around £30 per person per night or willow field camping/camper vans, no hook-up, £5 p.p.
This 3 day course is a Masterclass for makers who already have some experience of weaving with willow and who would like to improve their skills.
Lee’s teaching reflects his consideration that the key to making a satisfactory basket is in understanding the importance of a well-made and well-designed frame, fit for purpose. Once the frame making has been mastered, many variations in size, form and alternative materials are possible.
It is not unusual to spend much of the first day preparing the frame.
The basket will be made with brown willow and will be similar to the Breton gypsy baskets that first attracted Lee to the craft of basketry.

Heather Dawe on one of Lee's courses

Heather Dawe on one of Lee’s courses

 

Heather Dawe  attended Lee’s frame basketry course in Scotland and commented….

‘I would say he was an excellent teacher, he makes basket making fun and exciting and the results are superb’

Lee Dalby began his basketmkaing in 1986 as an apprentice to basketmaker John Galloway. IN 1987 a chance meeting with Jean Paul Verombier and the Menouche family in Brittany led to a lifetime dedicated to frame basketry and connected weavings, not only for container basketry but also for site specific experimental architecture and functional sculptural forms within the public landscape, galleries and private spaces. See the website www.leedalby.com for his major works and achievements.

 

Two frame baskets made by Lee's students

Two frame baskets made by Lee’s students

 


Basketry and Beyond South West Heritage Course

This was part of Basketry & Beyond’s programme of events supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. These courses aimed to encourage, preserve and pass on the skills of the craft of basketmaking.

Traditional crafts that were practiced in the South West countryside served the needs of agriculture, fishing and related industries and resulted in basketry skills, baskets and products unique to the South West of England.

Refine your basketmaking skills with Ian Strugnell

Ian Strugnell shopping Basket. Image copyright Ian Strugnell.

 

Ian has been making baskets and growing and preparing his materials (including stripping, buffing and steaming his own willow) for over twenty years and is a member of the Devon Guild where his work can be seen their Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey.

 

This course aimed to improve existing basketry skills for practitioners. The Fowl Crate (bird basket) is a travelling basket that was used for transporting small numbers of poultry. There is an example of this basket at the Museum of English Rural Life, part of their extensive collection of baskets. The basket was commissioned by the British Council from Blackwell’s of Barnstaple for a travelling exhibition of British rural crafts that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1946.
Made of buff willow and oval in shape the basket has two half-covers, one opening, one fixed and handles at each end. Techniques include an underfoot base, slewing and openwork on the sides, scalloming and fitching in the lid. All the different weaves and details make this an interesting basket to learn to construct.


Fowl Crate (bird basket) with Hilary Burns

Fowl Crate

Fowl crate. Images copyright University of Reading – Museum of English Rural Life. MERL 60/44


The Fowl Crate (bird basket) is a traveling basket that was used for transporting small numbers of poultry. There is an example of this basket at the Museum of English Rural Life, part of their extensive collection of baskets. The basket was commissioned by the British Council from Blackwell’s of Barnstaple for a travelling exhibition of British rural crafts that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1946.

Made of buff willow and oval in shape the basket has two half-covers, one opening, one fixed and handles at each end. Techniques include an underfoot base, slewing and openwork on the sides, scalloming and fitching in the lid. All the different weaves and details make this an interesting basket to learn to construct.

Hilary makes both functional baskets and sculptural pieces and studies and uses traditional techniques in her basketmaking. She finds these endlessly intriguing and an inspiration in her work. Hilary is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and a Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.


Gypsy Hedgerow basket with Geraldine Jones and Hilary Burns

The original basket made by Tom Aldridge

 

Removing bramble thorns

This was a rare opportunity to learn how to make a gypsy hedgerow basket from split bramble stems and cleaved willow. It has a base construction not usually seen in Britain, very similar to baskets made in northern Spain.
Geraldine Jones made her first basket with Tom Aldridge who came from a gypsy family. He travelled around the South West in the early 1900’s and spent the later years of his life living on Rosudgeon Common near Penzance in Cornwall.

This basket was one he made from materials gathered from the local Cornish lanes