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Willow & Sage

Two-day Deer Weaving Willow Workshop

Create your own garden masterpiece under the expert guidance of our resident willow weaver.

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Two-day Deer Weaving Willow Workshop
Two-day Deer Weaving Willow Workshop

Time & Location

01 Jul 2024, 12:00 – 17:00

Willow & Sage, 7 Oak Green Parade, Four Marks, Alton GU34 5HQ, UK

About the event

Take your willow sculpting skills to the next level and create a captivating addition for your garden.  This immersive workshop guides you through the fascinating process of crafting a life-size willow deer – a stunning and unique focal point for your outdoor space.

Under the expert guidance of Joy, over the course of two mindful days learn how to:

  • Craft a Sturdy Willow Frame: Discover techniques for building a strong yet flexible framework that forms the foundation of your deer. You'll learn how to select the right willow varieties and utilise proper binding methods for a secure and long-lasting structure.
  • Sculpt the Details: Bring your deer to life by learning techniques for shaping the head, body, and legs using a combination of weaving and sculpting methods.
  • Incorporate Finishing Touches: Personalise your creation by adding details like eyes, ears, and antlers. 

This workshop is perfect for:

  • Individuals looking to create a unique and impressive piece of garden art.
  • Those who enjoy a creative challenge and the satisfaction of crafting something truly special.

When constructing the deer, we start from the inside out, focusing on the skeleton and muscles for an anatomically accurate form. That means a near-solid core, supported by hidden steel supports in the legs to anchor it into your garden.

The robust construction increases longevity and you'll leave with all the information you need to keep your majestic creation looking its best for years to come.

Please note that this is a physical course and if you struggle with pulling motions, fine finger movements, or twisting your wrists, certain elements of the course might be a bit trickier. If you're unsure or have any questions, feel free to get in touch for a chat.

By the end of this rewarding experience, you'll leave with a magnificent willow deer that will captivate your family, friends, and anyone who visits your garden.  This workshop will not only equip you with the skills to create this stunning piece, but also ignite a passion for further exploration in the world of willow sculpting.

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