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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Take a Drive into Warkworth This Weekend.

If you are visiting us this weekend for a workshop, why not take some time to travel ten minutes east to Warkworth for some lunch, coffee and shopping at the unique stores in our picturesque village. We are featuring a few businesses but you can read about them all if you visit the Warkworth.ca website. 

Driving east on #29 the first spot to visit is Frantic Farms and Cara Mia Bakery. Well known local artists Monica Johnson, a potter, and Paulus Tjang, a glass blower, own both storefronts. Frantic Farms is a wonderful gallery full of one of a kind art created by both of the owners and guest artists. The bakery is full of mouth watering bread, sweet treats and frozen foods made fresh locally and if you are craving ice cream, this is the spot. 

 Monica Johnson - Frantic Farms

Monica Johnson - Frantic Farms


 Paulus Tjang - Frantic Farms

Paulus Tjang - Frantic Farms

 Monica and Paulus in front of Frantic Farms

Monica and Paulus in front of Frantic Farms


On Main St. you will find several spots to eat including Our Lucky Stars Cafe and Coffee Roasters. A charming cafe and roastery  serving Espresso coffees, homemade baked goods, salads and sandwiches with vegetarian options using local, natural ingredients wherever possible. 

Open for morning coffee and lunch every day and gourmet pizza on Saturday nights.

 Our Lucky Stars Cafe

Our Lucky Stars Cafe

 Vintage delights!

Vintage delights!

 Robin and Lesley

Robin and Lesley


Next door to Our Lucky Stars, don't miss Camp Ho-Ba-Chee. Lesley and Robin's fun shop is an eclectic collection of primitive to mid-mod vintage treasures you won't be able to resist. We are almost afraid to go in, we always want to buy half of the store and never come out empty handed!

 Camp Ho-Ba-Chee

Camp Ho-Ba-Chee


Tina Moorey, of On The Side Gourmet Food, is Warkworth's own celebrity chef! Her shop on the west side of Main St. is brimming full of kitchen gadgets and specialty food items including imported cheeses, pasta, jams and sauces. Be sure to check out this delightful store, there is a lot to see in this tiny space! Tina is well known for her catering business, cooking classes held across the road at On The Side Studio and  new this month, the Studio is open daily for lunches. 

Other great spots to check out are Eclectic Mix for gifts, jewelry and art, Cheeky Bee for their world renowned candles and gifts, Trentmendous for fabulous women's fashions, Serendipitous Old Stuff for Scandinavian and French country painted furniture and Metaphorhome for stylish products for your home. 


Willow Workshops in Warkworth, August 2014

This summer we held classes with guest instructor Lene Rasmussen of Lakeshore Willows in Wainfleet, Ontario. Lene, a remarkably talented weaver,  is originally from Denmark and has spent many years honing her talent and learning as much as she can about willow basketry and living willow structures. We met Lene last fall and have remained friends, taking classes at her home and sharing ideas about all things willow. 

 

We had a great group of people attend, many first time weavers, who made bird feeders, garden globes and tatza baskets over the five days of classes. 

 Christine , Lene and Jill tightening a tatza basket. 

Christine , Lene and Jill tightening a tatza basket. 

 Bird feeders in progress.

Bird feeders in progress.

 Setting up for lunch on the terrace.

Setting up for lunch on the terrace.

 After two days, the first group of happy bird feeder students.

After two days, the first group of happy bird feeder students.

 Time for a break...coffee, tea and goodies including our good friend's famous banana bread.

Time for a break...coffee, tea and goodies including our good friend's famous banana bread.

 Group number two, great job!

Group number two, great job!

 Garden globes.

Garden globes.


Canada Blooms 2014 - WILD!

Earlier this year Sian Pritchard from The Cutting Garden and The Scott Wentworth Landscape Group approached us looking for tall willow branches for a structure they were creating at Canada Blooms. The willow was to be used on an archway at the entrance to the Landscape Ontario booth entitled "Come Alive Outside!". It was a tall structure, covered on the outside with flame willow, which fortunately we had in abundance on the farm. Although Sian had hoped to weave the willow the conditions during the build were less than ideal and proved to be too cold and brittle for weaving. Regardless, Sian and the crew did a fabulous job putting the structure together, it sure did look WILD  to match this year's theme for the Canada Blooms show. 

Flame willow in the field.

The following photos are some of the things that caught our eye at this year's show. 

This was an incredible water feature, designed by James Garfield Thompson.  

A succulent bikini! Now that's wild!!!

An interesting use of stone on this bridge. Love the lighting too. 

Portable, easy to install, wool lined, cozy!!

Our favourite of the show...a pussy willow bodice! Purrrfect!