traditional skills

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

Students hard at work




Basketmaking in Ireland


Had a marvellous time with Joe Hogan in the west of Ireland. Learnt how to make a skib, a non-functional pod from a ‘tree hole’, and practiced my fitching on a small log basket. Also made several underfoot bases which I am still less confident about. It’s all about repetition…


9 days in heaven


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A selection of images from the last two weeks spent studying under the watchful eye of the master craftsman and brilliant teacher, Adrian Charlton. I learnt SO much, and still have so, so far to go. My passion for the craft has been reignited and I intend to harness this motivation and continue the good work in my workshop back home. Thank you so much Adrian, I feel honoured to have been taught such important traditional skills by you, and indebted to NADFAS and the HCA, (and Fran and Annie!), whose funding has been invaluable. Many thanks also due to Ruth for making me feel so at home, and Mum and Dad for collecting all 11 baskets!

Don’t Rush the Rush


Have spent most of the last month re-rushing the seats of old chairs and stools (see above). Has meant hours of repetitive labour in a dark, damp, cold shed. Perfect for my January blues!

Quite looking forward to getting my paws on some willow again next week- off to Dorset to learn how to weave a willow coffin with Cath Pratley. Watch this space…