Owen Jones

Oak Swill Basket Maker

E-mail: owen@oakswills.co.uk;       Tel: 01229 885664

Courses for 2018

Owen Jones runs a number of workshops throughout the year. If you would like to have a go at making an oak swill yourself then come along to a workshop.

 making oak swills

Courses run over three days during which time we cover all aspects of swill making: starting with oak and hazel in the round, cleaving, boiling and riving the oak; dressing and steam-bending the hazel rim or bool; and finally everyone will weave and complete their own swill.

The course is quite intensive but no previous experience in either basketry or green wood working is required. This course can be treated as a one off experience, or as an introduction for those intending to take this craft further. All tools and materials are supplied. All you need are scruffy clothes and stout footwear i.e not flip flops

  finished swills

Feedback from previous participants has indicated that they really enjoyed the course, the challenge of learning how this ancient craft is practised, the relaxed atmosphere and the chance to meet other people, as well as the satisfaction of coming away with a completed swill of their own making. So if you feel like doing something totally different I will welcome you on one of my courses this year.

Oak swill basket courses at my home in the Lake District 2018

This year I will be running three courses from my home

 - Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March

-  Wednesday 11th  to Friday 13th April

-  Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June

The course fee is £195 per person. This includes all materials, a vegetarian lunch each day, and all tea & coffee etc.   

The timings of the course are 9.30 am to 5.30 pm each day.  

I can  provide information about local B&Bs and campsites; please ask me for details when booking 

How to book Courses run at my home:  

To book, either phone or e-mail to check availability of places. I will then pencil you in and hold your place for 7 days until I receive either the full fee for the March and April courses or a deposit of £45 for the June course (the balance of £150 to be paid one month prior to the course and I'll e-mail you to request this).

You can pay either by cheque or bank transfer ( 404501 & 11121405 ), with your name and course date as a reference.

Cyntell or Welsh frame basket course 

I will also be running a Welsh frame basket course either at my home or half a mile away in a lovely old village hall.

It is a two day course and the fee is £135. there is a picture of a cyntell on my website (commissions page)

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April

9.00am to 5.30pm, lunch included

Rush hat course ( boater style)

Come and make your own rush hat, perfect for the summer sun.

Thursday 17th May

I'll get you to measure your head in advance so that I have time to make a hat block for your size.

£70, lunch included 9.00am to 5.30pm