The course is £65 per person, and we begin at 10 am (prompt) until 5pm – This may run over! The price includes a vegetarian lunch, homemade cakes and refreshments and the course will be run in Maesycrugiau, (between Carmarthen and Lampeter).
What is the Cyntell?
The Cyntell basket (pronounced cun-tethl) was traditionally used in agriculture for collecting crops, carrying animal feed and anything else that needed transporting. Cyntell is the Carmarthenshire name and it’s also known as a Wyntell in other parts. It is made from willow using a pre-formed hoop and ribs and woven in a range of colours.
What will you learn?
In one day, we will make a mini cyntell from willow. A pre-formed willow hoop and ribs will be available and you will learn a variety of weaves:
- Cross stitch weave to tie the ribs to the rim
- Double woven rand weave to create the double weave effect
You will also learn how to manage the willow rods in order to manipulate the shape of the basket
All materials and tools are provided.
About the tutor: Justine Burgess of West Wales Willows.
Justine originally trained as an engineer, and worked in the charity and education sectors, before becoming a partner in West Wales Willows with her husband, Alan. On their smallholding in Carmarthenshire, they grow around 250 varieties of willow and Justine weaves with willow and teaches a wide range of workshops in Wales.
The course will be run at: Cil Lonydd, Maesycrugiau, Pencader, Carmarthenshire SA39 9DL
This course can be combined with a day of Raku firing on Saturday 8th June at the same location. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org separately for more details and also accommodation.