The Basketmakers’ Bench


3 Day Workshop

Workshop Overview

The Basketmakers’ Bench is a series of skills development workshops that we shall be offering across this academic year. So whether you are new to basketmaking or have existing experience that you would like to develop further, this may be what you are looking for.

The intensive approach across three days enables you to become immersed in your chosen basketry project/s. Group size is limited to 3, so that everyone has the opportunity for individualised learning and teaching.

Gill has a passion for historical/traditional baskets and has been teaching the City and Guilds L2 Basketry course at Westhope College for the past two years.


Time Activity
10:00 Tea and biscuits on arrival, registration and welcome
10:15 Self-selected skills development
11:30 Morning break with homemade cake of the day.
11:45 Ongoing self-selected skills development
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Review of work and skills learnt, to date
15:30 Afternoon break with more homemade cake
15:45 Next Steps…

Workshop finishes with celebratory group photograph and a sharing of helpful links.


What You Will Learn

During this workshop, you will:

  • The Basketmakers’ Bench is self directed. You will discuss what it is you would like to make/learn beforehand so that Gill can prepare willow for you.

What You Will Take Home

You will take home the basket/s you have chosen to make.

Important Details

The Rural Skills Centre will provide:

  • All materials and equipment to make the basket/s you have chosen to make;
  • 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.

Please bring:

    • An idea of what skills you would like to focus on and the enthusiasm to experiment.


Suitable for Beginners Icon

The Basketmakers’ Bench is suitable for those wishing to focus on a specific skill or technique and want dedicated time to focus upon this.


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