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 Drumshambo
Drumshanbo Enterprise Centre,
Leitrim School of Art Ballinamore
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
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!!
Glass Bead Making
Spinning, Weaving & Dying
Wild Food Foraging NEW!!
Bushcraft Survival for adults
Fishskin Tanning NEW!!
Súgán Chair Building
Bowl turning on a Foot Powered Lathe
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.
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.