Monthly Archives: October 2013

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


Basket Weaving Cloneygowan

Basket Weaving

PadraigThe first of the traditional skills training workshops commences tomorrow Saturday 26th October. Skilled basketmaker Padraig Larkin will deliver this workshop in Cloneygowan.

Padraig, a basketmaker based in Cloghan, Co Offaly, Ireland is extremely skilled in the training of willow weaving and basket making and places are coveted on his workshops. Padraig learned his craft from Joe Hogan, one of the foremost basketmakers in Ireland.

“Since my introduction to basketry I have become immersed in the craft, learning a lot of new skills through some excellent courses, books and good old fashioned trial and error. I have developed my own style based largely on traditional methods with a strong emphasis on quality and pride in my work”

To book you place on this workshop go to Booking Form  on our this website.

Places are limited.