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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Willow Hares
Course Date: Friday 27th October 2017
Category: Wood & Willow
Tutor: Linda Rees
Price: £80

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Create a hare for your home or garden in beautiful natural willow. No previous experience is needed. You will be shown how to use simple basketmaking techniques and delightfully supple soaked willow to weave a hare with its own unique personality.

Further Detail

You will be guided through the process of shaping the body and then weave the head, legs, ears etc. and attach these to complete the hare. Everyone is different and this will be reflected in your creation – every hare will have a different character. 

Spend a fun, relaxing day sculpting in willow and take home a lovely item for the home or garden that you have made yourself.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • simple basketmaking/sculpting techniques in willow
  • use of some simple tools such as secateurs or wire cutters
  • an understanding and appreciation of willow’s flexibility and strength
  • sourcing your own supply of willow


This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners


Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £15, payable to the tutor during the course.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments for materials bought from the tutor. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • wear old clothing, as it might be snagged by buds on the willow

Tutor Profile

Linda Rees has been making willow baskets and sculptures for more than 20 years and teaching for more than 15. She finds teaching a delight as no two items are ever the same. Having learned her art form from many other skilled basketmakers (including Norah Kennedy), she enjoys passing on her sculpting skills to others. Linda is a member of the Basketmakers’ Association.

Timings & Refreshments

The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Please aim to arrive between 9.30 and 9.45am to allow for a 10am start. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with homemade cookies in the morning, a complimentary sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon.As peoples' allergies, intolerances, special diets and preferences are so many and varied, we are not able to cater for these. However, we will be able to cater for a gluten free diet so please tell us on arrival if