Owen Jones

Oak Swill Basket Maker

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

Courses for 2017

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 is stout footwear i.e not sandals and scruffy clothes.

  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.

At my home in the Lake District 2017

This year I will be running four courses from my home

 - Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March

-  Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th July

-  Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October

- Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th October

The course fee is £190 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:  
The best way to book is to 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 your deposit of £40, either by cheque or by bank transfer (404501 & 11121405 with your name and course date as a reference). The balance of £150 to be paid one month prior to the course and I will e-mail you to request this.

For those booking on the March course, please pay in full when booking

Cyntell or Welsh frame basket course at another venue

I will also be running a Welsh frame basket course at another venue in North Wales but you need to check availability, prices, book etc and get all admin details from the organiser.

Sat & Sun 18th & 19th March

 The Woodland Skills centre, Bodfari, North Wales. www.woodlandskillscentre.co.uk