Frame baskets a go go
Yesterday, Martin Hazell proved that he is actually an excellent basket maker and an equally splendid teacher, rather than just a crazy melodian playing gad-about.
Taking part in a day’s tuition in making what is one of the simplest styles of basket, proved to me that like many crafts, it looks pretty easy but is in fact very tricky – difficult to do well and hard on the hands and back. Actually it’s pretty difficult to do badly too.
Whatever the results, and they were all ok, we had a lovely day. The wind howled around the barn quite a lot which made things a bit chilly for June. gallons of tea got drunk and Jane’s banana cake really hit the mark – still there I think.
Martin is already talking in terms of another longer course at some point, dealing with the making of round baskets. That’s got to be worth a go.
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Pictures of bits of the frame basket course at Facebook here