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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, an ancient craft with roots dating back to at least 8000 BC, has been passed down through generations. Our ancestors wove willow baskets, which found practical use throughout Ireland and the rest of the world for various tasks. These baskets served as the original eco-friendly, reusable shopping bags long before plastics became ubiquitous.

In this engaging workshop, the award-winning tutors Kate and Alan Burrows will guide you through the art of willow basket making. Their expertise, honed through training in Somerset (UK) and other European countries, ensures a comprehensive learning experience. During the one-day workshop, lasting approximately 4 to 5 hours, Kate and Alan will impart the fundamentals of basketry. By the end of the day, you’ll proudly take home your very own willow basket—a cherished keepsake crafted from natural materials provided in the class. 

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.

Come learn a skill, soak up the culture, have fun and make everlasting friendships!

Courses Scheduled in 2024 Include:

Mixed Metal and Silver Jewelry
Longbow Making

Bushcraft Survival for adults  

Willow Weaving 
Sheepskin Tanning
Súgán Chair Building
Bowl turning on a Foot Powered Lathe
Leather Work

Print Making (A course for children)

Fish- Skin Tanning


Stone wall building

Stone carving

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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