Willow: for all

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

Suitable for all abilities, including beginners. You will be encouraged to be creative and design your own items, which you can take home and enjoy. You will be able to work at your own pace and have help as required.

Course content

With guidance and demonstrations, you will select and prepare your own willow. Using a variety of weaving techniques, you will create your own willow item. You may choose to make something for the garden, such as a planter or sculpture or for inside use such as a platter or simple basket. There may be time to make two items.

Support and feedback

The end product and the skills you have learnt will indicate how you have done. You will have done even better if you can make another one on your own!

Additional costs and requirements

Secateurs, a bradawl or skewer, and a sharp knife such as one from the ‘opinel’ range are useful to bring. Wear old clothes or bring an apron. Working with willow can be tough on your hands and a certain amount of hand strength is useful, as is moisturiser!

I will bring a range of willow ready for your use, for which you will need to pay around £5.

If you make something big, consider how you transport it home

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Each learner will be making their own individual structure with support from the Tutor. This will involve using simple tools and your hands to manipulate the willow. It can be quite tough on your hands.

About the tutor

Jude Cranmer currently works as a Tutor for Learn Devon as part of a long career in education in Devon and elsewhere. Jude has taught a range of subjects from Craft courses to Outdoor Education, Forest Skills to Science, Food Technology and Life skills to learners of all ages and ability.

Jude has inspired others to believe in their own ability ‘and have a go’. Her learners have achieved top grades at ‘A’ Level or completed personal goals such as completing Ten Tors, weaving a basket or making a cake.

She enjoys walking, learning new skills and being creative.

“I love giving Learners the confidence to have a go at something, encouraging them to succeed by trying new skills and then appreciating what they have achieved”

Start date19 Sep 2017
End date21 Sep 2017
Start time10:00
End time13:00
Concessions not available