SWEET CHESTNUT BARK BASKETS
27th & 28th June 2020
Sweet chestnut bark is a superb material to make baskets with being both strong and flexible. On this two day course led by Nick McMillen; students will be shown how to prepare bark and then to weave a small foraging basket with a steam 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.
£195 per person.
Please bring a packed lunch. Delicious cakes and biscuits together with hot and cold drinks will be available throughout the day to keep you fuelled up!