A large part of my work is specially commissioned. I make willow coffins to order, and child’s cradles. I have also made dog baskets, picnic baskets, and straw hats.
I run courses at various venues around the East Midlands and sometimes further afield. I regularly work in art colleges and societies, local authorities, schools, prisons, etc. These are bespoke course on introductions to basket making, or training to make specific designs. Materials are normally provided.
I offer interactive talks to groups (ranging from hen parties to after dinner speeches). Each is imaginatively designed to suit the varying needs of clients.
I repair cane and rush seats, cradles and delicate tea pot handles. I restore antique basketry objects which sometimes need nothing more than some gentle TLC!
I offer expert knowledge in association with Universities in the humanities, architectural and archaeological departments. Most recently I took part in the World War I project run by the University of Hertfordshire, and I wrote a history of basketmaking in the East Midlands.
Willow and wellbeing
I warmly welcome the fact that ecology, sustainability, and the greenwood crafts have all become a mainstream topic of conversation today. From a health and wellbeing perspective making baskets is known to be therapeutic and of value to our mental as well as physical health. These factors have contributed to a resurgence in basket making techniques. If you would like further information about this aspect of my work, where I am able to organise bespoke programmes, please get in touch.
Vouchers are available with a price range of £5.00 – £50.00 which can redeemed towards the cost of products or courses. These can be posted or are available as e-vouchers. They are ideal for gifts/prizes/charity raffles.