Back in spring I tried my hand weaving willow plant supports for the beans and squash in the garden. They turned out OK, functional at least, but to honest you’d have to call them ‘rustic’. So this weekend I went on willow weaving workshop with Jay Davey of Musgrove Willows.
It was a great day all round, Jay was a brilliant teacher and the staff were really helpful and friendly. Jay’s been working with willow for 20 years having created projects for RHS Chelsea show gardens among other high profile pieces.
We started the day running over the basic techniques for weaving obelisks. The mistakes I’d made on my own were quickly apparent. You can learn so much from Youtube these days, giving us the ability to learn almost anything we want, but I’m a big advocate of learning skills first-hand from an experienced teacher. Having someone show you in person, and help you in the areas you struggle just can’t be matched.