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Hi my name is Joe Gregory, I’m a willow basket maker and sculptor based in West Yorkshire. I started weaving as a hobby in 2004 and by 2008, I realised I could make a living doing a craft that I loved. Starting from my kitchen table to now owning a 5 storey Georgian building in the centre of Todmorden; weaving with Willow has provided me with the most rewarding career whilst enabling me to keep my family safe and healthy. I teach sculpture and basket making for everyone from beginners to more advanced weavers.  I have also been lucky enough to teach internationally, as well as up and down the country. I’ve worked on some amazing projects over the years and feel very lucky to have found this beautiful craft. I am comfortable teaching children; beginners and more advanced weavers.  Each class rewards me in different ways. I have been fortunate to teach those with different needs; from sight problems, to people returning from a stroke, to those with their own special needs. I am always happy to craft my class to suit everyone I teach.  

“I love traveling to Todmorden to take one of Joe's courses. I've been on six or seven so far and always had a great time and got a pretty basket to take home.” – Nic Owen, 2024

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I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the wonderful world of wicker weaving at this charming family-run business, and I can’t stop raving about it! From the moment I stepped through the door, I was greeted with warm smiles and genuine enthusiasm for their craft.

The owners of this establishment are not only incredibly talented wicker weavers but also the epitome of hospitality. They went above and beyond to ensure that my experience was nothing short of fantastic. Their passion for their art is infectious, and they were more than happy to share their knowledge and expertise every step of the way.

The hands-on learning experience they offer is unparalleled. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to pick up the basics of wicker weaving, thanks to their patient and encouraging guidance. It’s evident that they take great pride in what they do, and their dedication to passing on their skills is truly admirable.

Not only did I leave with a newfound appreciation for the art of wicker weaving, but I also left feeling inspired and uplifted by the genuine kindness and generosity of the family who runs this business. Whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned pro, I highly recommend paying them a visit. You’ll not only walk away with a beautiful piece of wicker art but also with cherished memories of an unforgettable learning experience.

They suggest as a brake 1/2 way through your day you take a trip around time where they have the sweetest little shops bakeries and markets. They have such a beautiful spot with a beautiful drive to get there.

Such a great day!

Thank you to the wonderful team for an unforgettable time filled with creativity, laughter, and invaluable lessons. I can’t wait to come back for more!

Paul Bousique-Green
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