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About Craig

I enjoy craft work and the teaching of crafts, but I have never liked the 'selling yourself' part of being self-employed, so the following is what other people have published about me and my work: Craig has been making baskets out of willow and other plants for many years. He is interested in, and practices, many traditional crafts and skills from different parts of the world. He really enjoys sharing his knowledge with those who want to learn.

Workshops:  His basket making workshops provide interesting and educational experiences for adults and children whilst teaching a relaxing and useful pastime.  Please get in touch to arrange one-to-one or small group courses in south Wales.  His summer tours reach many parts of the UK, so feel free to enquire wherever in the UK you may be based.  You could also come along to his drop-in workshops at Creation Fest (free day entry; https://creationfest.org.uk/) or the Greenbelt Festival (August bank holiday weekend, tickets required; https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/).

Commissions:  Craig is happy to make almost any shape or size of basket, as well as making rustic wooden furniture, pergolas, etc.  There are very few practical limitations to what can be done, from a miniature dolls' house basket to a shopping or laundry basket, or even a children's play house, or a medieval style roundhouse.

Books:  Craig recently made two little books for his workshop participants to use during lockdowns.  Willow Basket Weaving for Beginners teaches how to make a simple round basket, and an oval shopping basket.  The techniques, which are demonstrated step by step with photographs taken by his son, an experienced photographer, can then be used to make almost any shape or size of basket.  Making Willow Decorations demonstrates, with clear photography, how to make a range of decorations for any time of year, especially Christmas.  They are now available for anyone to buy at £6 each, or £5 each if you are buying more than one (UK postage included).

Further Info

Specialised in
Basketry and woven seating. Frequently also working with roundwood, clay, stone and thatch.
Provides Course / Training
Yes

Contact

basketworkshops@gmail.com
craigthebasketmaker@hotmail.co.uk