Eddie Glew in Canada

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If you have ever dreamed of making baskets for a living, Eddie Glew is living your dream! This talented young man is a self proclaimed basket nerd who holds workshops with tea and 'posh biscuits' in his red shed in Staffs, UK. Eddie works throughout Britain on basket and sculptural commissions, indoor and outdoor installations of pretty much anything you can make out of willow. He teaches at many venues, sometimes to large crowds, and has been interviewed for television, magazines and blogs. Eddie inherited his love of basketry from his father who taught him to weave, later he studied with Adrian Charlton and then spent 2 years training with Sally Goymer, author of The Complete Book of Basketry Techniques.

Eddie's skills are precise and impeccable, a natural talent who is patient and extremely generous with his knowledge. We had the pleasure of working with Eddie in 2014 and are thrilled to have him here teaching for the first time in North America. We are pleased to offer three special workshops this summer from August 1 - 6. Take a look at his website, BLITHFIELDWILLOWCRAFTS.CO.UK and scroll down this page to see photos of some of his work.

For information about Eddie Glew in our Guest Instructor Series 2018 click here>>>

 
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Patrick Dougherty

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Last year is now a blur of amazing memories and you may have noticed we were so busy we have not had a chance to post about our adventures. Hopefully we can catch up on some of the news from 2017 in the next few instalments.

First on our minds was our time spent working with Patrick Dougherty. If you aren't familiar with this incredible man you MUST take a look at his web site or google him. Be prepared to be AMAZED! 

 
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In June 2017 we volunteered to work on a project called 'Monumental Dougherty' at the Montreal Botanical Gardens - Jardin Botanique. This event was created, designed and built by land art sculptor Patrick Dougherty, an artist from North Carolina who builds massive, whimsical, sculptures all over the world using indigenous materials, his 'stick works'.

It was the chance of a lifetime for us and an experience we will never forget. Our friend and fellow "stick geek" Lene Rasmussen of Lakeshore Willows arranged for the three of us to work for three days...in the rain, cold, sun and heat, on ladders and on our knees, we worked side by side with Mr. Dougherty and his team. This incredible artist is a kind, calm, patient and humble man who's lifetime of work consists of over 275 unique, animated, imaginary, extrordinary structures made entirely, from top to bottom, with sticks. 

 
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Monumental Dougherty consists of three installations. The one we worked on was loosely designed on the shape of a celtic knot, with interlocking 'rooms' joined by a maze of woven willow walls and arches, all swirling and whirling as if it was about to lift off from the ground and spin up into the clouds.  

 
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Mr. Dougherty and his crew constructed two other structures while they were on the site in Montreal. The first was built as an interactive framework for visitors to work on over the summer using willow rods to fill in the walls. The third, which was built after we left, was an incredible series of buildings, a sort of twisted, domed village, with one monolithic, multi-domed, willow worshiping cathedral in it's centre. 

 
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  photo courtesy Conrad Bertrand

photo courtesy Conrad Bertrand

 

This three day experience was a huge '10 out of 10' for Madame Twig I & II! These structures will deteriorate over time, lasting 2 - 3 years in our climate, so if you have the chance don't miss the opportunity to visit them, they are truly remarkable!

 
  photo courtesy Conrad Bertrand

photo courtesy Conrad Bertrand

LIVING WILLOW

We have launched a new website...

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With spring only weeks away, we are thinking about things that grow and the colour green! Once the pussy willow crop has been harvested we will shift our focus to living willow. Early spring is the best time to plant, once the ground has thawed and before the willows leaf out.

Last year we created several projects, including a natural playground at Percy Centennial Public School in Warkworth, Ontario. We watched these structures grow and change over the summer months and were thrilled to have the students at PCPS help us weave the new growth back into the walls of the dome and two tunnels in September when they returned from summer vacation. What a delight it was for us to see the excitement in their faces as they worked with the long rods that had sprouted from the framework we had planted just a few months earlier.

This year we are pleased to offer kits for domes, tunnels, fedges and chicken runs, plus willow rods for sale for larger projects. There are workshops for living willow trees and spheres scheduled for April and demo workshops available with the purchase of living willow kits. 

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The new site will follow the growth of living willow structures that we have planted and also feature artists from around the world who use living willow to create many remarkable things. We hope you will join us on our journey through the wonderful world of willow... livingwillow.ca

 photo courtesy  Spencer Jenkins

photo courtesy Spencer Jenkins

 

2016 Farm Sale and Workshops

The Branch Ranch is open this year, Wednesdays thru Sundays from 9:30am - 4:00pm, until December 11th. We have a full range of holiday decor items for DIY, plus some ready-made urns, swags and wreaths available. Custom orders are welcome, please feel free to contact us if you would like us to design an urn or swag for your home. 

Centrepieces and tabletop arrangements will be ready starting December 2nd. Custom orders are welcome!

Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift? We have a limited number of hand-made willow baskets, bird feeders and garden items. 

Our willow stars and reindeer are very popular, we are making them daily but can't keep them in the store. Contact us if you would like to reserve one so that you are't disappointed! 

 760 Concession Rd 2 West, Warkworth

760 Concession Rd 2 West, Warkworth