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Basket Weaving Cloneygowan

The Traditional Skills revival was officially kicked off last Saturday with our first class held in Cloneygowan.

Basket Weaving was the class of the day, delivered by Padraig Larkin.

Padraig’s teaching was very well received (as it always is) in the old converted schoolhouse which now serves as Cloneygowan community hall. Everyone present took delight in being part of such an event held in that beautiful and welcoming venue and which, despite its many years, still fosters education and learning.

Padraig Larkin, Basketmaker, getting set up for class at Cloneygowan

Padraig Larkin, Basketmaker, getting set up for class at Cloneygowan

Tools of the trade

The raw material

This simple cross, which becomes the base of the basket



One of Padraig’s completed baskets


Construction of a living willow hut in Ballinahown Dec 2012

Padraig Larkin (Basket Weaver) came to Ballinahown to show us how to build a living willow hut.

It took us a day, and the results can be seen in the video below. The willow was still alive when it was planted into the ground so it will root and then grow. Padraig tells us the branches will thicken up and the structure will become solid after two years. Hopefully we’ll get some more photos up on the site here as the structure grows. It was a very interesting craft/gardening project which explored traditional weaving techniques, ¬†given that the fruits of our labour will continue to grow and change with time.

If you are in the area why not pop by to Ballinahown Craft Village and visit this living growing willow hut.