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Obelisk Willow Weaving Workshop

Saturday, 23rd March 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Obelisk Willow Weaving Workshop
Saturday 23rd March 2019 | 10am until 4pm

Have you ever wanted to make a beautiful focal point in your garden? Discover the pleasures of working with willow and create a stunning structure at this one day workshop.

Enjoy a unique and satisfying experience learning to work with locally sourced willow in the beautiful surroundings of Hanwell Wine Estate.

Chris, your tutor, will teach you the basics of making sculpture from English willow. She will share with you her years of experience and knowledge of tools and materials; by the end of the day you will have learnt different weaving techniques using a frame to create a bird feeder and a an obelisk for growing sweet peas or other climbers in your garden.

This workshop is suitable for both complete novices and people with experience of using willow. All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments throughout the day and a two-course handmade lunch served with a glass of wine.

A selection of the delicious homemade food served on recent workshops!

“The beauty of this once commonplace craft, is now an increasingly rare craft”
Outline of the day

9.50am Light refreshments and settle in

10:00am Welcome

10:15am Introduction on the history of willow

Get hands on with willow and make your bird feeder

Refreshment break with snack

Start preparation for your obelisk sculpture

12:30pm Lunch is served – 2 course homemade lunch served with a glass of local wine

Continue where you left off

Refreshment break with snack

16:00pm Home time, ready to take your completed bird feeder and obelisk home to show your family and friends

To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 8.

For more information about this event or other Rural Antics workshops, contact Hanwell Wine Estate, events@ruralantics.co.uk or 01949 81393.

Want to know what happened at our Willow Weave Workshop held in January 2018, click here to read our blog.

About Chris Baxter

Chris has an exceptional talent and skill as a basket maker. Expressing her art genes originally through Fine Art she then turned to working with willow. Tutored by Jane Jennifer in Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, her teachings has come from a confirmed heritage that began over 100 years ago starting with Ronnie Woods family. A member of the Basketmakers’ Association she shares their aim “to promote the knowledge basketry, chairseating and allied crafts…”

Working locally she produces bespoke commission pieces and regularly teaches willow workshops. Working in willow that is harvested in the UK (Nottinghamshire and Somerset)


Saturday, 23rd March 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hanwell Wine Estate
01949 81393


Hanwell Wine Estate
Melton Road
Hickling Pastures, Leicestershire LE14 3QG United Kingdom
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01949 813930