All Things Square – 5 Day Course
This course is not suitable for beginners it has been designed as a comprehensive introduction to square work for those wishing to extend their skill set from round and oval work into the square. Students should be able to at least make a round or oval basket from scratch on their own, before attempting this course.
During the course you will be shown how to put together a square basket the English and continental way including handles, lids, hinges etc. Recipies for a range of baskets will be available to work from and take home at the end of the course. You will be required to be able to work from a low bench or floor with a lap board and block. For more detailed information on the daily time table and equipment that will be provided or needed please contact …….
Day 1 Bases
Selecting and preparing materials and making both English and continental bases, recipies will be provided for you to work from and you will be advised on how to avoid the common pitfalls when designing your own.
Day 2 Continental Staking up and Upsetting
Using one of your prepared bases you will be shown how to stake up and upset the continental way which can be done on a table top or lap board. We will aim to repeat this process at least twice, once with corner sticks and once without. Any time remaining can be used to complete sidings and waling ready for bordering.
Day 3 English Staking up and Upsetting
Using one of your prepared bases you will be shown how to select and prepare materials and stake up and upset your basket the English way. This will require you to work from a low bench or the floor with a lap board. We will aim to repeat this process at least twice once with corner sticks and once without. Any time remaining will be used to complete sidings and waling ready for bordering.
Day 5 Borders and Handles
The aim of this day is to get
- Working the upset (with a 3 or 4 rod wale) starting in 3 or 4 equal places around the coffin base.
- Working English and/or French randing for the siding.
- Working a 2 or 3 rod slewing to add addition height where necessary.
- Working different borders (Four-behind-Two or Five-behind-Two Borders) and simple 3 x 2 follow-on plait borders.
Skill Level : Intermediate
Tutor: Sarah Webb
Our 5 day course includes all materials, lunch and refreshments.
As well as taking home your own willow creation, you can also see the willow being grown and processed at first hand, taking in one of Somerset’s oldest crafts. Visitors are welcome to walk through the withy fields and enjoy the amazing variety of wildlife that the Somerset Levels has to offer.
At the end of your session you will have the opportunity to purchase willow, tools or books to help you master the trade at home should you wish.
|All Things Square
02/09/19 – 06/09/19 – 5 Day
9:00am – Please arrive at 8:45am to sign in and grab a drink, also great opportunity to meet everyone before the course begins.