It’s All About The Base

Learn about 8 different types of bases for round and not quite round baskets which move away from the normal woven base. You will learn how to stake up and weave/border a basket with a:

  • hidden plywood base- side holes (just like we use on our coffins) and pull down wale or a foot border
  • slate bottom
  • log section bottom (with or without a trac border),
  • Catalonian base (where the base weavers become the stakes)
  • plywood base- top holes
  • and a open Scandinavian style base (suitable for carrying your fish home in!)

You will be amazed how easy they all are to use and how professional they can look as the stakes are much easier to set and control.

A good gentle introduction for those new to basketry with the time and space to explore weaves alongside bases or an intensive day for improvers who want to have a go at a number of different options.

Depending on experience and type of basket chosen there may be an opportunity to make more than one baskets using different bases/techniques.

Skill Level : Beginner/Intermediate

Tutor: Rachel Poole

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This one day willow basketry course is £90. The price includes expert tuition plus all the materials and tools required. Lunch and refreshments are also provided. .

As well as taking home a fantastic willow creation, there will also be an opportunity to see how willow is grown and processed on our Somerset farm. Visitors are welcome to walk through our withy fields and enjoy the amazing variety of wildlife that the Somerset Levels has to offer.

Our tutors ensure the very best instruction and help throughout your time here. You will learn the most suitable tools to use and the willow weaving techniques to achieve the best results.

Additional information


09:30am – Please arrive at 9:00am to sign in and grab a drink, also great opportunity to meet everyone before the course begins.



Base 2020

06/06/2020 – 9:30am


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