For some time now I have been thinking that I would very much like to do a basket making course. I am so in love with my wicker basket and would love to learn the secrets of weaving. So imagine my delight when at the workshop I was teaching last night, who should set up next to me but the lovely people from the Hampshire Coppice Craftsmen’s Group. They were running demonstrations for the children on how to make wooden pegs and they could draw charcoal pictures too. One of the ways that the woodsmen are keeping their craft alive is to diversify the range of products that they make. Last night there was a wide selection of beautifully crafted items and I simply had to have this knitting dolly.
I love that they are using the leftover wood to make such useful things and that one traditional craft is producing things to keep other traditional crafts live – in this case knitting. Now I just need to find a spare ten minutes to hunt through my wool stash and find the perfect yarn to get started!