Oxford Summer School

Asymetric Baskets

Monday 5th August 2024 for 1 day — Cost: £60

Tutor: Richard Kerwood

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The course assumes the student is a beginner and starts With a Health and Safety briefing and an explanation of the tools and how to use them. The aim is to make a round wastepaper or berry basket.

A 3 through 3 continental base is made under instruction and this is then set aside to dry for the next basket and we use a pre made and dried base for the basket we will make today. We will stake this up with 24 stakes. A 3 rod pull down wale will be used for our upset using 6 rods in total. We will slew the sides, then we will repeat the wale stroke at the top using 6 rods and level the basket before finishing the top with the asymmetric weaving and trac border it will be left as a bowl or wastepaper basket depending on the height the student was able to get to.

The following tools are supplied by the tutor

  • Bypass Secateurs
  • Bodkin
  • Rapping Iron
  • Block of Wood & Heavy Weight
  • A pre-made and dried 3 through 3 base of around 7” diameter

Materials Costs to Students

£10 per student, to include:-

  • A pre-made and dried 3 through 3 base of around 7” diameter
  • Pre-soaked Brown and stripped Willow consisting of 3, 4ft and 5ft lengths of different bark colour varieties