Lampstand and Willow Lampshade


2 day workshop

Workshop Overview

We are really excited to be offering this collaborative 2 day workshop. It combines the skill of woodturning, to make the turned lampstand, with the skill of basketmaking, to create a matching lampshade. Two unique pieces.

Imants will show you how to turn your wood ‘blank’ into a beautiful lampstand. He will also take you through the electrical fitting and PAT testing to ensure that your finished piece is fit for purpose. Gill will show you how to make a stunning willow lampshade that will throw unique shadows around your room. The making of your lampshade will include simple trac and rod borders as well as decorative side weaves. It will also incorporate a standard light fitting so that it fits your completed lampstand.


Day 1 (Interchangeable)
Time Activity
10:00 Tea and biscuits on arrival, registration and welcome
10:15 Design and plan your lampstand
11:30 Morning break with homemade cake of the day.
11:45 Use woodturning techniques to create your lampstand.
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Experiment with finishing techniques to individualise your turned wooden lampstand.
15:30 Afternoon break with more homemade cake
15:45 Incorporate the electrical components to complete the piece.
17:00 Day one closes.



Day 2 (Interchangeable)
Time Activity
 10:00 Tea and coffee on arrival, registration and welcome.
10:15 Establish the design of the lampshade. Stake up your work and begin side weaving.
 11:30 Morning break with homemade cake of the day.
 11:45 Experiment with side weaves and voids.
 13:00 Lunch 
 13:45 Insert/weave in the light fitting and complete the top border.
 15:30 Afternoon break with more homemade cake.
15:45 Complete the bottom border and pick off your work to finish.
 17:00 Workshop finishes with celebratory photograph. 


What You Will Learn

During this workshop, you will:

  • How to handle materials safely and correctly;
  • Safe and correct use of tools and equipment;
  • How to use woodturning skills to create shape and form;
  • How to create a basic framework for your lampshade and establish ‘flow’ using basketry techniques/patterns;
  • Discuss the care of your wooden lampstand and willow lampshade enabling you to use it for many years to come.

What You Will Take Home

At the end of the workshop, you will take home a wooden lampstand that you have turned yourself and the lampshade you have made to accompany it.

Important Details

The Rural Skills Centre will provide:

  • Trained and qualified tutors working together to combine the disciplines of woodturning and basketmaking;
  • All materials and equipment to make your lampstand and your willow lampshade;
  • Tea, coffee and lots of homemade cake;
  • A light lunch (please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements;
  • Parking; and
  • Accessible facilities.


Suitable for Beginners Icon

This hybrid workshop is suitable for those wishing to develop skills as a wood turner and as a basketmaker. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners in both disciplines and for those who are complete beginners in one discipline and wish to develop the skill in the other. 


The basketmaking element of this workshop is taught by Gill Jones and the woodturning element is taught by Imants Grindulis.