Traditional English willow basketmaking with Eddie Glew

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About this course

Learn key skills to create this traditional sturdy style of English willow basket, with square corners and a handle which can be used for many practical uses. It is modelled on one used for tools by Eddie's father.

Course Description

On this workshop you’ll learn all the techniques required to create a traditional English square work basket. The design of the basket you will make is based on one of Eddie’s father’s favouite baskets, which he used to keep the tools of his trade, but is a perfect size and shape for a many practical uses. Eddie finds teaching this basket is a real pleasure, as it enables him to pass on the knowledge his father gave him.

While making your basket you will learn the following skills and more, all found in traditional English basketmaking – English bases, traditional staking up, blunt corners, tips and tricks, blunt borders, packing and handle making. Eddie is a master of these skills and uses them regularly in his own practice as a professional basketmaker.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Tools for willow basketmaking may be borrowed from the tutor but please bring as many as you have available, if you have them (but do not buy anything especially before you come).
  • A tape measure and ruler
  • Pair of sharp secateurs and a good pen knife
  • Pair of side or wire cutters
  • A rapping iron
  • Basketmaker’s bodkin (can be borrowed from the tutor)
  • Essential – covered footwear must be worn in this workshop.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will supply the willow to make your basket, this will cost around £20-£25 and should be paid to him before the end of the course.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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