Author: ironwoodforestschool

Fun in the Sun

Had a great day at the ‘Cranbrook Goes Nuts in May’ event this May bank holiday. Taught some brave students a ‘fitching’ weave, using bundles of brown willow around a hazel frame to create these hard-wearing, strong plant supports, which should last for years despite their rustic appearance!

A couple more willow workshops in the pipeline for August… watch this space…

Students Hard at Work

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Next… the Floral Fringe Fair

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Gathering stock ready for the next fair which is at Knepp Castle, West Sussex, on June 3rd and 4th. Looks like its going to be a fun, relaxed and quirky event with a vintage/festival vibe, and  plenty to see, do and buy. I’m looking forward to this one… hopefully camping in the sunshine too! See you there! Check out their website: Floral Fringe Fair Website

Weaving Workshop at Wilderness Wood

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Had a great day at Wilderness Wood (East Sussex) last week, teaching a great bunch of children how to persuade willow into a functional vessel. It called for lots of perseverance and patience but we got there in the end and everyone ended up with a unique handmade basket! Brilliant!

 

Successful Birdfeeder Workshop

Five brave students faced an intensive weekend of making on 11th and 12th March. From beginner to experienced, there were plenty of challenges in this two-day workshop, with lots of techniques covered (borders, French randing, waling, chasing, binding), and a difficult shape to master with some very fiddly gaps to weave between. They all did fantastically well and produced some very pleasing work. Well done all!

In process photos below, hopefully with some in-situ finished work shots to follow:

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It’s been a ‘quietly busy’ month, willow-wise. A little break from making post-new year but plenty to do with harvesting last year’s willow, planting 17 different varieties of willow cuttings on a new site, and teaching a workshop at the lovely Lewes Seedy Saturday. Lots of planning for the next few months as well… Winter is therefore a jolly helpful pause in the frenetic momentum of life.

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the harvest, gleaming in the sun

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new willow cuttings in (500 of them!)

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A happy and talented student making a sweet pea obelisk at my workshop as part of Lewes Seedy Saturday

Log basket bonanza!

Seems like I’m getting a lot of orders for log baskets suddenly! Very happy to take on these commissions as they are one of my favourite things to make!

This one (being delivered today to Eggs to Apples in Hurst Green, East Sussex, for their Christmas Bonanza- see eggs to apples farm shop), measures at border height 19.5″, stake to stake diameter 18.5″. Using 6 and 7 foot willow combining Dicky Meadows and Black Maul. With a hint of buff for contrasting band.

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