WILLOW WORKSHOP WITH BONNIE GALE IN WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS ON AUGUST 14-15, 2014
Sharon Davies is kindly hosting a Willow Workshop with Bonnie Gale at her home in Westfield, Massachusetts on Thursday (full day), August 14th and a half day on Friday morning , August 15th.
Participants have the wonderful opportunity to make the new HAZELNUT BASKET, shown below. It is made with fine peeled willow and is easy to make. It will be completed over the day and a half. It is 9 inches in diameter and 14 inches tall. It has a small round base with a foot wale and then staking up to give the rounded bottom shape. Sets of French randing include middle and top waling, followed by a rod border. A tall wrapped handle complete the basket. This basket is dedicated to a long term interest in growing hazel for nuts as well as coppiced whips for superlative fencing material.
This is an intermediate level basket. The class hours are 9 am to 4 pm on Thursday (although, 9 am to 10 am is social time and instruction starts promptly at 10 am) and
9 am to noon on Friday. The cost of the weekend is $160 which includes all tuition, materials and lunch on Saturday and refreshments at other times. When you register, a list of supplies to bring to class will be provided. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place in class. The deposit can be transferred if you find a class person replacement. Please register with Sharon.
As an extra bonus and part of the weekend, Bonnie includes a 45 minute PowerPoint presentation, after class on Thursday at 4.30pm, served with refreshments. The topic is “The Potential of Living Woven Structures in the Landscape”. Friends and relatives are welcome to attend at no charge.
Bonnie Gale has been a professional traditional willow basketmaker and willow artist for the past 31 years. Her baskets are part of the collections at Plimoth Plantation and Mount Vernon Estate. In 1999, she was awarded an Artist's Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts. Her living willow installations have been featured in Vogue, Vogue Living, House and Garden and Fiber Arts magazines. In 2009, her work was featured in the PBS "Cultivating Life" series and in 2010, she appeared on the Martha Stewart Show. She was featured in the new public television series Artist Café which aired locally in October 2013. She produced her first book: Living Willow Form in 2014. Her main web site is www.bonniegale.com. The site www.livingwillow.info covers living structures.