Our full day course is priced at £80 and include all materials, lunch and refreshments. You will come away with something beautiful, strong, environmentally-friendly and above all, very personal to you.
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.
Learn how to make a traditional bee skep using different varieties of willow. During the course you will be shown how to construct a medieval bee skep suitable for bumble bees.
The techniques used are a good introduction to basketry, so beginners are welcome for the more advanced you will have an opportunity to experiment with different weaves to make your skep as intricate as you desire. I will supply a recipe for the skep in case you fancy having another go at home as well as instructions for cluming your skep in the traditional way.