Willow Trays

September 8 - September 10, 2023

Willow Trays


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $515
Material Fee: $105

In this workshop we will work with cultivated willow and wild willow bark to create beautiful and functional trays. Learning the traditional techniques of frame style willow basketry, we will create gathering trays and Catalan tension trays. We will then move onto more organic leaf shaped trays from wild willows and incorporate some willow bark into our projects. We will discuss gathering your own materials, and how to process willow for use in basketry. All materials are grown and harvested at Willowbrook Basket Farm in New York State. Participants can be expected to make 2-3 different style trays as per their choice and skill level. No prior experience is necessary.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Sandra Kehoe

Sandra studies traditional willow basket making from teachers around the United States, Denmark and the UK. She has a strong focus in rib style willow basketry and weaving with bark. She teaches basketry classes and workshops in multiple mediums at craft and art schools around the Northeast. Sandra grows and harvests willow on her farm in the Mohawk Valley of New York State and she is a member of the National Basketry Organization (NBO).

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