Join local willow artist, Gary Brown, for a day at Keeper’s Nursery in Lawford, Essex. Gary has been working with willow for over ten years, and regularly exhibits at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hyde Hall garden. The day begins with welcome coffee and baked treats in Caroline’s summerhouse. Gary will then introduce you to the art of willow weaving, offering detailed advice on how to treat your willow before, during and after weaving. This expert guidance will guarantee that you end up with a pheasant that is beautiful, symmetrical and long-lived (each one will last for at least five years). We then move to the large polytunnel (or lawn, if the weather behaves itself) where you will be able to create your own bird. Gary will tutor you step by step, to ensure an enjoyable and successful morning. Tea and coffee will also be on tap. You’ll then enjoy a home-grown, home-cooked lunch in Caroline’s farmhouse kitchen before moving onto our afternoon session. Gary will be on hand at all times to explain the process in detail, and we will have a mid-afternoon break for home-made tea and cake.
All equipment is provided, each person will be allocated their own dedicated workstation and your finished pheasant will be available to take home on the day. Willow weaving requires quite a lot of strength and detailed guidance, and so we ask that you are physically strong in order for Gary to ensure that each student can finish his or her work in the allocated time.