All Materials Included
Join willow weaving expert Jo Hammond and create this charming reindeer using natural English willow. Your finished sculpture will be complete with branching antlers and stand around 60cm tall.
This seasonal sculpture is simple to make with Jo’s step-by-step guidance, whether you’re a complete beginner or experienced in willow work. You’ll learn how to make a simple framework with dry materials, which is then clothed with flowing supple willow using the freeweave technique. The antlers, made from hedgerow branches, give a dramatic final flourish.
Beginners are very welcome on this workshop, however willow weaving requires reasonable hand strength.
Includes homemade lunch and refreshments
About your tutor
An East Anglian native, Jo Hammond grew up and continues to live in ‘Constable Country’ .
Her degree in Fine Art shows itself in her feel for simple rhythmic designs
Other qualifications include a City and Guilds 7307 Teacher’s Certificate and a Certificate in Countryside and Heritage Interpretation
She aims to use and promote locally-grown materials and make the most of the wonderful variety of colours to be found in willow.
Jo began basketmaking when living in the middle of a wood- the gift of a book opened her eyes to the weaving materials that were all around her home
Teaching and demonstrating for the last twenty years, Jo has worked with a variety of organisations including the Field Studies Council, National Trust, Suffolk College, Museum of East Anglian Life, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, and the Woodland Trust. Jo seeks constantly to learn about her craft and promote skills and enjoyment with her work.
Jo has had a book published which is currently available from many outlets.
In 2021 Jo constructed a life size willow elephant for the grounds of Colchester Castle
What you will need to bring
Secateurs if you have a decent, sharp pair
A note book and pencil for note taking