Willow Basket Making - Art Holidays At Tregib

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Willow Basket Making
Mon Sep 8th to Fri Sep 11th 2020

July 2021 - dates to follow

Learn to weave a traditional Welsh framed basket - the Cyntell

This course is designed to teach all the skills needed to weave a traditional framed basket, the Cyntell, and is suitable for all levels, even if you have never woven with willow before.  Willow weaving is a relaxing and enjoyable craft and the process of turning a pile of willow sticks into beautiful and useful objects is very rewarding.
The Cyntell, the Carmarthenshire name for the basket, is woven around a thick willow or hazel hoop and incorporates split and shaved willow ribs. It was used around farms for carrying animal feed and gathering crops and is often used today for laundry, blanket storage or as a log basket.

traditionally Made Willow basket "Welsh Cyntrell"
Justine Burgess from West Wales Willows will be your tutor and will provide a range of Carmarthenshire-grown willow in a variety of natural colours for you to complete your basket.
What you will learn:
Selecting the correct willow for hoop, ribs and weaving
How to form and dry the 18" hoop (If time allows, a mini cyntell of 10" diameter can also be completed)
How to split and shave the willow ribs - NB this will involve using a draw knife and shave horse, which will be provided
How to lash on the ribs
How to weave the body of the basket
How to plant and manage willow for basketry
All equipment for making one large Cyntell is provided.
If time allows we can make another small Cyntell for which there will be a charge of £10 per person for materials

Course Timetable
  • Arrival Monday afternoon from 4pm onwards
  • Weaving sessions 10 am to 1 pm and 2pm to 4.00 pm Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri morning
  • Friday Afternoon leave after lunch
  • 4 nights accommodation (see our seperate accommodation pages for more info)
  • Continental breakfast and light buffet lunch each day served in the big hall of the main house
  • Tuition during the weaving sessions and access to the studio until 10pm Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings
  • All materials for making one large Cyntell
Prices for the course and all accommodation
  • One person in a single room (shared bathroom) £575
  • One person in a double/twin room or glamping £675
  • Two people, both weaving in a double/twin room or glamping £950 (£475 each)
  • One weaver with non weaving partner in a double/twin room or glamping £725
  • Family glamping option - up to 2 children £80 extra

Tutor:- Justine Burgess

Justine has a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and has always "made stuff".  Drawn to the natural qualities of the materials, Justine went on a willow basketmaking workshop and was hooked from the start.  She now owns and runs West Wales Willows with her husband, Alan.  Justine weaves a wide range of traditional and modern baskets with willow and teaches workshops in Wales.  West Wales Willows currently grows over 250 varieties of willows (or salix), which has National Collection status. Justine is a member of the Basketmakers Association, The Heritage Crafts Association and Plant Heritage.

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