4 day Basket Courses (Limit seven people) – All levels
The aim of these courses is to provide a thorough imparting of techniques in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. For Beginners the concentration will be on round work and each participant can expect to make 2, 3 or 4 baskets depending on size and have acquired enough skill to practice on their own. Those with previous experience can choose between round, oval, or square.
Those with experience who have a particular project in mind should let me know this beforehand so that I can ensure we have suitable material available
SPRING Please note that all spring courses for 2016 are full
Autumn Please note that all autumn courses for 2016 are full
Autumn courses taught by Ciaran Hogan
Cost of all 4 day courses for 2016
Materials are charged extra at cost
Materials for all courses are charged extra at cost. Beginners can expect to use up to 30 Euros worth of materials for four day course but advanced and creel makers may use up to 40 Euros worth of materials. Materials for weekend course up to 15 Euros.
HOURS: The course hours are 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
TOOLS: Bring bodkin, secateurs, knife etc., if you have them but tools will be provided.
SORRY NO DOGS OR PETS ALLOWED.
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on receipt of the booking deposit. To enquire about bookings you may wish to phone (094) 9548241. The booking deposit is 100 Euro per person for three or four day courses and 50 Euro per person for the weekend course with the balance due at the start of the course. If you have to cancel give as much notice as possible. When cancellations are within 14 days of the start of the course, deposits will not usually be refunded. Otherwise if we can fill your place we will return your booking deposit.
Accommodation in “Waterfall Cottage" and “Hazel Cottage”
Accommodation is in these two stone-faced self-catering houses. “Waterfall Cottage” has five bedrooms, two toilets and two showers. “Hazel Cottage” has three bedrooms, two toilets, two showers and one bath. Since all courses are limited to a maximum of six or seven people, it will not be necessary to share a room. Accommodation is beside the workshop, 3/4 mile from the local pub and 3 miles from the nearest shop. The pub does NOT do food so unless you are willing to travel 8 miles by car to the nearest restaurant you will probably be cooking something for yourself in the evening. UPDATE , FROM 1ST SEPTEMBER 2016 THE LOCAL PUB HAS CLOSED. IF IT REOPENS WE WILL UPDATE. If you bring something ready cooked both cottages have microwaves but also standard electric cookers with 4 plates and an oven. Some people decide to share cooking but this depends on the group doing the course. Accommodation is available from the afternoon of the day before the course until the morning of the day after the course finishes, for example from Monday afternoon until Saturday morning for a standard 4 day, Tuesday - Friday course Course.
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If travelling by public transport we can meet city link bus at Maam Cross. This bus leaves Galway from the Forster St. Bus Park (near rail/bus station) and opposite tourisr office at 5.30 p.m. Monday – Saturday. See www.citylink.ie for full timetable. If you want us to meet this bus it must be arraged with us in advance.
All courses include information on the planting and harvesting of willow with an optional visit to the willow beds.
Cost of course includes a substantial home cooked lunch each working day of the course. Breakfast and evening meals are not included.