Heritage Skills 2018: Hazel Baskets

Location: Force Knott Woods, Satterthwaite, Cumbria, LA12 8LL

A second chance to make a split hazel basket with Lorna Singleton. These baskets were a revelation when they were first taught in Cumbria a couple of years ago, having been resurrected by Welsh basket maker Ruth Pybus. Lorna has turned her skills with oak swills to perfect this cousin of the swill made with split hazel splints. I would like to say it is easier than riving oak but I am not sure that would be true but if you have not tried it yet then popping off perfect strips of hazel growth rings should be on your bucket list of things to do.


Learn how to make a frame basket using hazel and a knife. Course will cover material selection, making hazel strips safely using a knife, bending rims, handles and ribs, and weaving patterns. Please bring £10 to give to the tutor for materials.

We'll be using a knife and secateurs, people can bring those along if they have them and want to test out their own but Lorna will provide enough too.

Materials: £10 should be brought to the course and paid to the trainer on the day.

Age Limit: Courses are designed for 18years and over. If you are under 18, please contact us on rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to discuss other opportunities.

Meal breaks: Please bring a packed lunch and a flask

What to wear: Stout boots and warm, waterproof clothes.

Directions: Meet in the layby near the bridge by Low Bowkerstead Farm
•Take the A590 between Kendal and Barrow
•If coming from Kendal direction, at Haverthwaite crossroads, just past the steam trains on the right, turn right onto Lane Ends.
•If coming from Barrow direction, turn left at Haverthwaite crossroads (the first left after the Rusland Pool Hotel)
•After a third of a mile turn right at the T junction and follow the brown signs for Grizedale and Satterthwaite.
•At the t Junction at Force Mill turn right and there are parking spaces near the bridge just before Low Bowkerstead Farm

Postcode: LA12 8LL


It is your instructor's responsibility to ensure your safety. In the event of exceptionally poor or dangerous weather conditions the course may need to be cancelled.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

Please contact Rebecca at rebecca.oaks@btinternet.com or your instructor if you have any questions.

Course Fees –

Concessions we are not offering concessions this year but if you would like to attend and the cost is prohibitive please do contact us via email to

rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to see if we can help.

Cancellation: If you need to cancel you can have a refund up to 30 days before the event begins.

Please do let us know if you cannot make it even up to the day of the event as we may be able to let someone else have the place. This can be done via the Eventbrite site or direct to Rebecca if near the start date.

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