Adam and Emma from Willow Phoenix have been using Wakelyns willow for several years now for some of their structural and living willow projects. In 2020 that included a commission for a 1/3 scale living willow sculpture by the beach in Harwich of The Mayflower. We are delighted that that they will be running courses here for 2021. We’ll also be planting some special basket willow within our agroforestry so that, in future years, all of their course material can come from our own fields.
Learn to make a Contemporary Hazel Handled Basket – Saturday 16 October 2021
Experimenting with the ‘stake and strand’ method to create a contemporary, asymmetrical basket with copiced hazel handles grown at Wakelyns. A lovely day spent playing with traditional methods and modern design. Your completed basket will be great for foraging, kindling, shopping and decoration.
Includes a delicious lunch from the Wakelyns Bakery
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Adam and Emma say:
“We have been working together as Willow Phoenix since 2012 and have completed various commissions, events and community projects together. We currently have a shop at Alby Crafts and Gardens in North Noralive and folk, where we sell our baskets and teach willow weaving.”
“We are both very excited to be working with Wakelyns to offer a series of seasonal willow basket projects for beginners to intermediate weavers. We we be including willow grown at Wakelyns and offer the opportunity to learn more about the process of coppicing, its sustainability and how it fits in to the wider landscape of agroforestry.”
“Weaving is a mindful, sustainable craft, good for people, nature, and the planet. It’s the perfect antidote to our fast-paced life and the finished product is authentic and will last a lifetime.Weaving is an excellent way to connect to nature and is gentle, whole body exercise.”
“We are members of the Heritage Crafts Association and support it’s aims of promoting and teaching to keep the craft viable. We have also committed to learning to make baskets from the endangered crafts Red List, to keep the craft alive and accessible to future generations.”
“We look forward to crafting with you in the beautiful setting of Wakelyns, where we will take you through the process of making your own baskets from the willow trees in the field, to your completed project.”
Here are some of Adam & Emma’s other lovely work: