Please don’t ask to make a basket with me in a day, if there is one thing I have learned it really isn’t possible to make an excellent basket following the English Basket Tradition in one day (or even the celtic frame come to that). I have, however, recently devised a one day frame basket course, so if that is really what you want have a look below for dates and venues.

I offer a range of workshops, in a number of different locations in Nottingham as detailed below. I am expanding my range and repertoire, so do please check back here to see what I am currently doing. I will also travel and can teach workshops in other locations – please get in touch to discuss how we can work together, usually I require a minimum of four attendees.

TO BOOK: Please email me at, I will respond with details of how to pay etc. Bookings close ten days prior to the workshop, this is to enable adequate willow to be sorted and soaked. I am also on Facebook and twitter and can respond to direct messages there.

To ensure you don’t miss a booking deadline, here are the dates for the workshops described below

Location Date Book by Price
The Place, Sherwood 17th,24th February & 3rd March 2018 7th February 2018 £60
Primary Gardens 18th February 2018 11th February 2018 £25
Primary Gardens 8th April 25th March 2018 £20
Strelley Hall 11th March 2018 FULLY BOOKED £48
Hanwell Wine Estate 24th March 2018 14th March 2018 £85
Abdication Micropub 12th April 2018 3rd April 2018 £10
Primary Gardens 6th May 2018 27th April 2018 £25
Curious? 18th May 2018 9th May 2018 £70
Strelley Hall 19th May 2018 9th May 2018 £48
Curious? 1st June 2018 23rd May 2018 £70
Strelley Hall 12th July 2018 3rd July 2018 £48

Above; making spheres and Chickens in the sunshine at Primary Gardens

Willow Sundays at Primary Gardens

First Sunday in the month on a rolling programme.

Come and join us at Primary Gardens. NG7s very own urban Garden Centre. Located in the grounds of  ‘We Are Primary’  on the first Sunday of the month  we will be making different willow creations each month designed to be beautiful and useful in the home and Garden.

Half day  (£20/£25) — includes materials, tools and hands on tuition.

Chris Baxter’s Baskets – Willow Sundays at Primary Gardens

The aim of these workshops is to introduce you to using willow and weaving. Attendees will make something to take home, but will also gain skills at each workshop leading to gaining the knowledge and skill necessary to create a basket.

Spheres and Chickens – using a free weave technique you will create a willow sphere, the enterprising amongst you can turn these into chickens!

Willow for the home and garden. You can make a choice of a willow heart or a fish (or several)


Hurdles/ Bed edging/fencing. Make a one metre by 30 cm ‘hurdle’ using traditional methods, once the technique is learned hurdles of all sizes can be made! Next workshop date to be confirmed (Spring 2019!)

6th May 2018 – A Primary Gardens and Chris Baxter’s Baskets collaboration

Come and plant climbing plant seeds in a pot and make a willow support for them. All materials, including seeds and instruction provided 10 – 1         £25

Audrey Leach of Primary Gardens, will provide a variety of small climbing plants that are edible and decorative, discuss the uses and maintenance of these plants and give advice on planting  a climber and how to underplant with companion plants.  I will show you how to make plant supports from willow.  Each person will then have an obelisk and a pot with plants to take home.

Book by 27th April   

The Place Activity Centre, Sherwood

Make a Celtic Frame Basket from (almost) scratch

17th and 24th February and 3rd March 2018  (Saturdays) time 10 -1


Week One – learn how to cleave willow and make skeins for the ‘God’s Eye’ of the basket – make and practice God’s Eyes

Week Two – learn how to make hoops and ribs that will form the ‘frame’ of the basket. Attach hoops with a God’s Eye and begin weaving

Week three – complete the weave of the Celtic Frame Basket – explore willow for making other items such as bird feeders.

The above is an outline for a three half day (3 hours) course which will equip attendees with the necessary skills to undertake and complete a Celtic Frame Basket (CFB)with tuition and with the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake future frame basketry either with tuition or independently.

Frame baskets can be made with a  variety of materials, not just willow, including Ash whips (and other tree ‘whips’) brambles, wild rose etc. A future course will focus on making CFBs from the hedgerow.

3 half days tuition including materials and tools at The Place Sherwood – price £60 per head

Please contact Chris at Email: Facebook and Twitter @Baxtersbaskets

All workshops are in Nottingham, full details will be sent out to all those on my mailing list, to add yourself to the mailing list (no obligation whatsoever) please email me as above.

Hanwell Wine Estate  

8th September: Hoop and Rib Frame basket and Blackberry picking, please contact Rural Antics at Hanwell to book

Something Fishy at The Abdication Micropub – Spend 2 hours with Chris in the pub making willow fish. £10 per person contact for more details or visit Facebook

Strelley Hall

19th May – you can choose from a heart, a dragonfly or a flower for your garden – or if you’re speedy – all three!

13th July – hoop and rib frame basket

Christmas workshop is in the planning.

For the above workshops please book direct with the venues.


Two new workshops at Curious – Frame Basket 18th May and Chickens 1st June, please book through Curious