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Ash Splint Basketry

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: 24 Apr 2022 - 24 Apr 2022

: The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR


Fully booked

In this one-day course you will weave an ash splint basket with a square bottom and round top. The techniques used today have their roots in traditional basket making of North America.

Each ash splint used to weave the basket starts as a section of the tree’s growth ring. Michelle pounds them by hand, splits and trims them, before finishing them ready for weaving. Michelle will bring these finished splints with her, for you to weave. You will also get a chance to view the process and have a go yourself. 

You will learn:

- The properties of Ash:it's durability, flexibility, strengths and weaknesses. 
- Knife techniques to prepare Ash for weaving
- How to do a basic weave
- How to understand the importance of tension

Learning these skills will give you the foundation to adapt future baskets to your own design and it will give you a new appreciation of the mighty ash!

You tutor will be Michelle Mateo


Fully booked

Covid-19 and Courses


The Green Wood Centre has worked tirelessly to ensure that staff & visitors are entering a COVID safe environment. SWA have a duty of care to participants, staff, trainees, volunteers, etc. We ask that all tutors and participants respect the measures stated regardless of their personal views, there will be an induction by your course tutor on arrival.

In the event that a course has to be cancelled due to Covid-19, a full refund will be provided and we will suggest keeping an eye on the website and re-booking once the course has become available again.

Our experience:


Small Woods use only experienced professionals and woodland practitioners as tutors. We have more than 20 years’ experience of delivering courses and training and a reputation for high quality teaching and professionalism.

Small Woods courses are suitable for all levels of experience and ability and we keep course numbers low. The physical nature and/or woodland location of some courses may make them difficult for people with mobility problems. We do, however, have many years’ experience in enabling all groups to attend courses and will make every effort to ensure a satisfying experience for all.