Willow Makers

This page provides some information about people who make things with willow, excluding baskets. For basketmakers, see Scottish Basketmakers Circle.

Willow sculptors – will build a willow sculpture in your garden or do informal educational work with willow sculpture, as well as allied subjects. This table covers green willow workers.

Willow fencing makers – make woven willow hurdles or movable fencing using willow rods as an alternative to cleft chestnut paling.

Willow spiling – planing willows, often with woven willow barriers, in river and loch banks to prevent erosion. Common in lowland England, but rare in Scotland. This is a highly effective, cheap, long-lived and ecologically beneficial alternative to concrete or brick walls or steel-mesh gabions.

Willow coffins – makers and suppliers of willow coffins

No guarantee is implied by the inclusion here as to the quality of any courses. If you have comments about anything mentioned here or know of other sculptors, send an email to mail@willowscotland.co.uk.


Joan Campbell
0141 563 5996
E: joan.campbell1@ntlworld.com
W: http://scottishwillow.co.uk
Creates living willow structures and been weaving baskets for over 30 years. Takes commissions for living willow tunnels, arbours, domes and fencing for childrens primary, nurseries and specialist needs schools. Teaches willow craft in the central belt of Scotland

Karin Chipulina
39a High Street, North Berwick, EH39 4HH
T: 01620 892 374
M: 0776 824 9885
E: karinsfelt@googlemail.com
W: www.karinchipulina.com
Can make a number of live willow domes and tunnels. Work in schools in Fife, Edinburgh and East Lothian.

Tara Coia
E: tara.coia@hotmail.co.uk
W: www.wovenartforms.co.uk/index.htm
Qualified Archaeologist, Tara creates artworks influenced by the past, from the written histories and the structural remains prominent in our landscape to the myths and legends past down over the generations. Working predominately with willow, which she maintains and coppices herself, Tara produces sculptures diverse in scale and style, striving constantly for greater accuracy and precision with each piece.

Mark Davies
Community Liaison Officer, East Ayrshire Woodlands, Underwood Depot, Auchinleck Road, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA18 1RS
T: (01290) 426 973
M: 07734 972 673
E: mark.davies@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
We work to install living structures with schools and community groups.

Mike Ellis
Rogart, Sutherland
T: 01408 641357
E: mike@helmsdalewood.co.uk
Living willow structures, fedges

Geoff Forrest
T: 01292 550935
W: www.geoffforrest.co.uk
I make contemporary baskets, sculptures and living willow structures. Available for schools, community groups and individuals. Making everything from costumes to figurative sculptures.

Trevor Leat
37 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1QU
T: 01556 640 161
E: trevorleat@hotmail.com
W: www.trevorleat.co.uk
Basketmaker/hurdlemaker/willow coffins/willow chairs/large scale structures. I’ve worked with many schools and community groups throughout Scotland, making ‘living willow’ domes, tunnels, animals, arbours and sculpture. I also make life size and much larger figurative sculpture for public performance events and festivals where they are often spectacularly set on fire…..

June McEwan
Willow Works, Crieff.  Unit 59, Lochty Industrial Estate, Perth PH1 3NP
M: 0777 187 5443
T/Fax: 01764 656347
E-mail: june@junemcewan.biz
W: https://www.facebook.com/willowworks.biz/
I work principally as a community artist with groups and schools all over Scotland, From murals, mosaic and  fine art to willow wreaths and sculptures. I was the principal willow artist for The Ryder Cup Golfer sculptures, making 14 of the 18 7-9ft golfers,  placed all over Tayside. I make life size figurative sculptures of animals, my favourite being Highland Cows.  My willow workshops include community lantern making for parades, Christmas wreaths, willow animal sculptures and garden obelisks. I have yet to make a basket and am currently experimenting with living willow.

David Powell
T: 01465 715 621
M: 07885 642 496
E: cragarts@btinternet.com
FB: www.facebook.com/davidpowellartist/
Profile: www.craftscotland.org/profile/2440/david-powell/
Living willow Arbours, Domes,  Sculpture and Landscape and weaving workshops for schools communities and gardens.  Willow Lantern Workshops, Fire Sculptures and Parades. Willow and Steel Sculpture.


Ben Geyer
Sauchie Solutions
2 Overton Farm Cottages, Blairhall, Fife, KY12 9HA
T: 01383 85 15 85
M: 07960 33 33 19
E: benandjustine@tiscali.co.uk
W: http://sauchiesolutions.moonfruit.com/
Installers of live willow structures to control erosion and stabilise banks and slopes.  We use a range of techniques depending on the site including spiling, fascines, and combinations of conventional hard engineering structures and willow.

Peter Holmes
Rural Skills Training, Glas Eilean, Kilchoan, Acharacle, Highlands. PH36 4LL
M: 0773 421 6775
E: peterholmes.training@yahoo.com
W: www.ruralskillstraining.co.uk
I offer contracting and training in using willow to design, build and repair living willow school and community play structures and also use willow in a variety of ways for river bank stabilisation and erosion control.


Karen Collins
Naturally Useful
T: 01309 675052
M: 07926 809 521