Tutor Hannah Ehlert | Fee £59 | 1 session
Previously advertised as 23 March 2019
Willow tipis set delightful vertical accents to your garden, whilst being versatile and practical. The day will teach you some traditional principles of willow and hedgerow weaving. Just in time for summer, you will learn to make a willow tipi garden structure.
What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
These structures are beautiful, and useful to support roses or climbing annuals, beans etc. There will also be time to get advice on how to use willow in the garden for in-situ hurdles, perennial wreaths, edge borders, hearts and other projects, and samples to get inspired by.
No previous experience is required. Suitable for beginners or intermediates.
Students should be able to have full use of both arms and hands. People with severely strained wrists or hands might struggle with effort it takes to weave bigger withies.
The course will be taught in a mixture of demonstration and application in the group.
You will learn some basic principles of successfully using willow and other pliable hedgerow material for weaving. There will be a section where we can talk through how to use willow in your garden for in-situ hurdles, borders, compost containers, perennial supports and other projects.
Expect to go home with your own willow garden tipi and possibly- if time allows- a smaller object such as a wreath/perennial support.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them. If you have a pair of sharp secateurs, feel free to bring them along.
Are there any additional costs?
All tools will be provided.
Materials will be provided, the additional cost for material will range between £15-19 per person depending on the size of your structure, the thick + long stakes being the costly parts. This is to be paid to the tutor directly. Of course, if people have access to suitable (soaked) willow they can bring their own material from home. If that is the case, please let the tutor know beforehand via email email@example.com .
About the tutor
Hannah Ehlert has successfully run creative green-woodworking courses for the last 11 years. These included hazel wattle hurdles, Swedish spoon- and wood carving, baskets, wood projects for children. During her 3 year- coppice worker apprenticeship she has trained with a variety of craftspeople. She has worked in schools as well as with adults. She also runs family and adult Nature Connection courses and works as a qualified Forest School practitioner.
Her classes bring people effortlessly closer and combine fun together with quiet, relaxing time being deeply absorbed in your own project and connecting with nature´s wonders hands-on. People who wish to contact Hannah with questions can do so through firstname.lastname@example.org
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