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Westcountry willows roundhouse workshop

We will be at the following events

If you like to come and meet us, we will be at the following events.

Leitrim School of Art

Leitrim School of Art Drumshambo 


Building C

Drumshanbo Enterprise Centre,


Co. Leitrim,

N41 C6X6

Leitrim School of Art Ballinamore


The Junction

(Coach Building),
Co. Leitrim.
N41 XR97

Willow Basketry is an ancient skill that has been around since at least 8000 BC. It is a skill that our ancestors would have passed down to their children and their children’s children, with willow baskets being used throughout Ireland for any number of tasks. They were the original eco, reusable shopping bags well before plastics came into being.
The tutor for this workshop is Kate Burrows, who after training in Somerset in the UK some 8 years ago, has continued to increase her basket-making skills and knowledge, alongside teaching many people this heritage craft.
The classes are one one-day workshop that will last about 4 hours, over the course of which Kate will teach you to make your very own willow basket, and will cover all the basics. At the end of the day, you will be able to take your basket home, which you can treasure for a lifetime.
All materials are supplied.

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Celt skills Weekend in the hills

4 -5 May 2024

13 - 14 July 2024

CELT Skills

Once known as Weekend in the Woods, this popular two-day event is now held at Slieve Aughty Centre, an eco-friendly and certified organic venue, situated 10 km outside Loughrea town in county Galway.

Courses Scheduled in 2022 Include:
  • Mixed Metal and Silver Jewelry

  • Wet & Needle felting NEW!!

  • Longbow Making

  • Glass Bead Making 

  • Spinning, Weaving & Dying

  • Herblore

  • Wild Food Foraging NEW!!

  • Bushcraft Survival for adults  

  • Woodcarving

  • Willow Weaving  

  • Fishskin Tanning NEW!!

  • Súgán Chair Building

  • Bowl turning on a Foot Powered Lathe 

  • Leather Work

  • Mosaic

A Weekend of Willow Weaving at Common Knowledge

Embark on a two-day journey into the world of willow weaving and create two of your own handmade baskets.

In this workshop hosted by West Country Willows, participants will delve into the ancient craft of basketry, learning the intricate techniques that transform supple willow rods into two functional and beautiful baskets.

ommon Knowledge Center
Kate and Alan Burrows of Westcountry Willows

Event demonstrations

We enjoy demonstrating the ancient skill of basket making at various festivals, street faiirs and other events.We can make baskets at the event as well as engaging with the public explaining the history and methods of basketry. Demonstrating heritage crafts at events can help to draw additional people who stay longer. 

If you like to book us for your festival or event please contact us for more information.

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