Willow Workshop at Blacksmith Cottage - Bicycle baskets – 18 & 19/07/2018

SalixArts Willow Workshop
2 Day Bicycle Basket Workshop
Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th July 2018, 10am - 5pm, £170
A two day basket course making stake and strand bicycle baskets
Please note this workshop is not suitable for beginners
 bike basket
Make your own unique bicycle basket using locally grown organic willow in a range of rich colours. Aimed at those with a bit of basketmaking experience (it is not suitable for beginners) this in-depth two day workshop offers the chance to extend your skills making something a bit different from your average bike baskets, which are usually only available in single colours and basic designs. The two days allows plenty of time to plan your basket carefully and really absorb techniques properly without rushing. Participants can choose from different base options, so you can stake up in the normal way, or learn how to attach your stakes using scalloms, and there will be the opportunity to try different side weaves too.
You can bring your own mounting frame, or I can provide one for you (these are £13 - please request when booking). It would also be useful to bring your bicycle with you if you can, though this is not absolutely essential. If you cannot bring your bike, you will need to have accurate measurements of distances between handlebars, front wheel and front hub. You will be shown how to attach the basket to the frame and the frame to the bike.
Simple, yummy vegetarian lunches and refreshments are included in the price of £170, but willow is charged for at the end of the workshop depending on how much you actually use - to give you some idea, the materials cost for a medium / large bike basket would be £8-£10. Frames to attach them to the bike are available for an additional £13 - please let me know at the time of booking if you would like to order one.
If you are unsure about your levels of experience, then do ring me and we can discuss if this is a suitable course for you. If you are keen to make one in the future, but are a complete beginner at the moment the best currently available courses to get appropriate skills would be Round stake and strand baskets  (19th and 20th June 2018) and Small stake and strand fruit / bread baskets(27th June 2018).

For more information or booking please contact Debbie on 07736952730, or

 Millie pup in basketfinished bike basket with lid