Rib Style Willow Basketry

October 7 – October 8, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


In this two day class, open to all levels, students will learn how to make a beautiful and functional willow basket. We will discuss the basics of rib style willow basketry along with the methods of growing, gathering and processing willow for weaving. We will prepare rims and handles, learn lashing and traditional weaving techniques so that you will have the knowledge to go on and make more baskets on your own. Good hand strength is necessary. If you are able to, please bring a pair of garden shears or secateurs.

Skills and Techniques:

· Methods of growing, gathering and processing willow for use in Basketry
· Prepare rims and handles for rib style willow basketry
· Lashing rim and handles together
· Adding ribs and weaving the sides of the basket
· Filling in the weaving to complete the basket
· Trim ends to finish the basket

Materials Fee: $50 at the time of Workshop

Special Tools or Equipment:

Instructors COVID preference:
Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.