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Willow Workshop - Obelisk

20 April @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm



In this workshops you will learn basic willow weaving skills and make a willow obelisk and time allowing other smaller objects.

Richard Vidal, is going to be our tutor.  He has grown his own willow for 20 years and produces beautiful sculptures, living willow structures, ornaments and baskets. This introductory workshop will cover the growing, harvesting, storage and dipping of dry willow into water to regain its innate flexibility.

Before his retirement Richard sold willow at Blackheath Farmers Market and started to teach willow weaving to community groups so understands the different levels of teaching required dependent on previous experience.

Richard will start the day (indoors if weather inclement) with an introduction to the growing of willow and how to create colourful practical artistic objects. You will then create your own garden obelisk, frame or smaller structure. Some people may want to make garden structures outside whilst others may prefer being under cover or inside if cold.

For this workshop please dress warmly: waterproof gloves and leggings are useful and walking boots or wellies essential.  Please bring secateurs (though spares are available).  If you have a large car or roof rack this will be useful for transporting larger creations.  If you can't fit an obelisk in your car we will endeavour to find someone nearby who can deliver it in due course.

Bring a packed lunch.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

Richard’s mobile is 07597 939668 and his email is richardhvidal@yahoo.co.uk. He is happy to discuss and explain what to expect at the workshop in more detail and to consider making adjustments for any disabilities or injuries.





20 April
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Gabby Dolan
07399 837371


Gibbs Reed Farm
Pashley Road
Ticehurst, Kent TN5 7HE United Kingdom
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