Hazel Basket Weaving Workshop

Image Credit: Lorna Singleton

The Maltings, West End, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0BB

01749 814060
[email protected]

Saturday 30 March 2019 – Sunday 31 March 2019
10.30 am - 4 pm
Opening Hours: 10 am - 5 pm
Admission Fee: £325
Booking essential

Join Hauser & Wirth Somerset for this two-day workshop where you will learn the art of weaving hazel to produce your own hand-made basket.

Hazel can be found almost everywhere and as a result is used in basketry material all over Europe. During this workshop, participants will discuss the history of basket weaving and its recent resurgence in popularity, before learning the skills and techniques required to each create your own unique baskets to take home.

This workshop will focus on the craft of basket weaving and will be led by Cumbrian based basket weaver, Lorna Singleton, one of the UK’s last remaining ‘swillers’ specialists in woven products made from oak. Over the course of two days you will learn about material selection, safe knife use and making hazel splints. We will also practise bending rims and ribs, and learn the different weaving patterns.

Following three years of intensive tuition in coppice woodland management, Lorna Singelton graduated as an apprentice of the Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust. Using simple hand tools and honouring the techniques from generations past, Singleton creates baskets based on the traditional patterns from South Cumbrian region as well as collaborating on contemporary applications for this historic practice. Singleton recently exhibited at Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset as part of ‘Levelling Traditions’, which brought together nine artist-makers united by an intimate understanding of material.

This course is suitable for beginners and will take place at the Maltings studio in Bruton. A degree of physical strength and dexterity is required. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

Tickets are £325 and include all materials, refreshments and tuition, plus a two course lunch on both days.

Please note, there is no parking on site at The Maltings.

Learn more and book here.


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