Willow workshop: weave and wale a basket

Saturday 23 September 2017


The course

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Your fingers will learn to weave and wale the willow, while you hear anecdotes about the history of basket making from your tutor, Deborah Albon. English brown willow will be the material used and the techniques taught will be those which have endured through many generations of basket makers. Everyone will have their own round basket to take home.

The tutor

Deborah Albon has been teaching at the Museum for over ten years.

Participant information

Please bring the following equipment with you:
· a pair of sharp secateurs
· a sharp knife (swiss army style, not kitchen)
· a large old towel
· a plant spray
· a large stone or weight
· any of Granny’s old baskets, which you have inherited and which may be of interest to the other participants.
The workshop will be limited to 8 participants to ensure that everyone has sufficient individual attention.


£75 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.