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Christmas Crafts - Willow Sculpture - A Penguin


Start date: 12th Dec 2022

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Cost: £50

Day: Monday

Duration: 1 weeks

Tutor: Leila Vyner

Course code: 22AU007

Suitable for beginners. During this willow sculpture workshop you will make a willow penguin; you will learn the basics of random weave and creating sculpture with willow without a metal frame.
This workshop is suitable for people looking to have a go at willow sculpture or to improve their willow skills, it is not suitable for people with arthritis in their hands.


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Leila Vyner

I started willow weaving as a hobby through Medieval Re-enactment around 2000, the first items I made were life sized willow bee skeps, eel traps, quivers, chicken cages and many other medieval items. Surprisingly I didn’t make a basket in the first year of willow weaving.

As time moved on, I moved away from the medieval scene and started to make more everyday products including baskets and decorations. Due to the amount of people who asked me, I then started to run workshops in basketry and garden items. I also started to learn how to make greenwood spoons and bowls using traditional hand tools.

Quite a few years later I moved to a place called Greenhow in North Yorkshire; this was an idyllic rural location in the Yorkshire Dales where I thought I could expand my hobby. However the climate was too extreme to run a willow weaving business from, so I ended up moving to Tadcaster where the climate is much friendlier, this is where I started creating willow sculptures.My aim is to encourage others to enjoy willow weaving and green wood working. I foster an environmentally minded ethos in all my activities. I have been weaving willow since 2000 and running my business since 2010.

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