This workshop is suitable for those that are completely new to working with wood and participants do not need any prior experience of weaving. Adults only, or over 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.
This workshop will be limited to 8 participants.
The workshop will focus specifically on the following areas:
- Choosing a suitable tree for harvesting splint material
- Pounding a log to create splints
- Grading splints suitable for different elements of weaving
- Processing harvested splint material ready for a basket
- Weaving processes for ash splint basketry
- All about tension
- Tools to make the weaving process easier
Back in 2015 Steve Tomlin, a good friend of mine and world-respected craftsman was able to organise an ash splint basketry class in Edale in the Peak District. I was extremely fortunate to be invited to attend this special event. April Stone, a Native American of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) had agreed to come to the UK and teach the traditional native craft of working with ash splint, although we were to be using our own local ash (Fraxinus excelsior).
The structure of ash lends itself particularly well to splint work. Each growth ring of the tree has a porous open area between it and the next year’s growth ring. This porous area is the Spring growth of the tree (the lighter area of an annual ring) and the dense Summer growth (the darker area of the annual ring) is what is usable as splint – an extremely durable and tough material yet flexible enough to be intricately woven into functional baskets.
There will be lots of time for you to develop and practise new skills. Whilst the main focus of the workshop will be about materials processing and weaving technique you should still look forward to producing a strong, beautiful and functional basket to take home at the end of the two days. By the end of this workshop you should feel confident and well equipped with enough basic skills to be able to continue your ash splint basketry journey on your own.
We are really pleased to be hosted for this series of workshops by London Green Wood at Abney Park Cemetery in Hackney, London.
All tools and materials are provided but you may bring your own if you have them and we can advise on their suitability.
Time: 09:30 – 17:00 on each of the two days.
Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be provided for the duration of the workshop but do please consider bringing a cake to share for afternoon tea – everyone loves a bit of cake! Please also bring a packed lunch for each of the two days – although there are plenty of good quality eateries within walking distance. Do make sure you dress for the weather, who knows what it will be doing!
There is also the opportunity to get involved with preparing all of the materials for the workshops on Thursday 27th June – we’ll be having a volunteer open day where everyone involved will learn first hand how to pound out a log for splints and then grade it for different weaving materials. We provide refreshments throughout the day for anyone that wants to come and prepare their basket materials from freshly felled ash.
Further information will be sent via email upon confirmation of booking.
Workshop bookings are non refundable.
Workshop dates cannot be transferred once booked.
Available dates (please use the drop down menu to select a date when booking):
- Friday 28th – Saturday 29th June 2019
- Sunday 30th June – Monday 1st July 2019