Willow Reindeer Workshop


Workshop Overview

During this workshop Gill Jones will teach you how to sculpt a reindeer from willow rods. You will be guided through the whole process, from the initial preparation of the willow; building a simple structure for your reindeer and then through all the different weaving techniques and methods needed to complete your unique completed sculpture. This is a perfect beginners class and introduction to the art of willow sculptures and basketry. Gill is very passionate about sharing this heritage craft, and will guide you through the process of making your own reindeer to take home and place beside your Christmas tree or a perfect spot for the front door.


Time Activity
10:00 Tea and biscuits on arrival, registration and welcome
10:15 Introduction to willow and basic tools
10:30 Start format base/body of reindeer
11:15 Tea and cake
11:30 Weaving willow to make the body of the reindeer
12:30 Lunch
1.30 Constructing the legs
3.00 Making the deer’s head and adding finishing touches
16:30 Workshop finishes


What You Will Learn

Gill Jones Basket Slide

During this workshop, you will:

  • Discuss the function of the tools and equipment used for basketmaking;
  • Use willow work tools correctly and safely;
  • Discuss the way in which willow is prepared correctly for structures/basketmaking;
  • Handle willow safely;
  • Discuss the care of your deer structure

What You Will Take Home

At the end of this workshop, you will take home the willow reindeer you have made.

Important Details

The Rural Skills Centre will provide:

  • All materials and equipment to make your willow reindeer;
  • Tea/Coffee and lots of cake and homemade farm house lunch
  • Parking; and
  • Accessible facilities.
  • Willow Obelisk


Suitable for Beginners Icon

This ‘Willow Reindeer’ workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in making willow sculptures and adding festivities to their Christmas decor. It is particularly suitable for beginner levels.


This workshop is taught by Gill from Rural Skills Centre