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roger fowle Welcome to Studio 4b blog. Here you will find news and views from the world of basketry and eco coffins. I have been making baskets since 2002,the first basket i made was at the Botanic Gardens here in Cambridge with Mary Butcher.You can follow my progress on the History Page of my website.

Browsing Archive: December, 2013

Bias Plaited Basket

Posted by roger fowle on Monday, December 16, 2013,
                   A Bias Plaited basket made with a material called Somband it is rolled up paper rather like the L.Loom chairs                  the thin rolls are then stuck together.I have added colour to some strips before  weaving .

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LAMPSHADES

Posted by roger fowle on Saturday, December 14, 2013,
Here we have two very nice lamp shades made with recycled packing tape and woven using the open hexagonal weave.They are for use with low energy light bulbs. Order yours now ,different colours may be available .You can also come and learn how to make one yourself. Use the contact me page on this website .



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Packing Tape From the Bin

Posted by roger fowle on Tuesday, December 10, 2013,
                A couple of things you could come and make at The Studio 4bm Made from packing tape from the news agents it wraps up their news papers and they throw it away.For longer usable elements,ask they to cut it at the join, 

      

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A Day At The City Crematorium

Posted by roger fowle on Sunday, December 8, 2013,


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Cambridge City Crematorium

Posted by roger fowle on Sunday, December 8, 2013,
Photo: Promoting natural burials & natural willow coffins at the Cambridge Crematorium today, what a great team !

Promoting natural burials & natural willow coffins at the Cambridge Crematorium today, what a great team !                     
Had a wonderful day at The Cambridge City Crematorium open day with Woodland Wishes .















































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A small log /kindling basket.

Posted by roger fowle on Friday, December 6, 2013,
This log/kindling basket was made using buff and white willow,a double french rand was worked for the side,using 1 buff and 1 white rod together.The border is a 4 behind 2 rod border,and it has 2 twisted rope effect handles. Buy it now for £32.50. Compare the different weave patterns on the shopper and the log basket.


 
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WHATS HAPPENED THIS WEEK AT THE STUDIO 4B

Posted by roger fowle on Friday, December 6, 2013,
A ROUND SHOPPER,

This basket was made with buff and white willow,the siding has been worked using a french rand and alternate buff and white rods to create a block pattern. The border is a simple trac with a follow on 3 pair plait worked on the side for extra strength and to give a decorative finish. It has a large  rope effect handle with a herringbone finish.  You can buy it for £35.00





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Turn that cardboard box into something really useful

Posted by roger fowle on Monday, December 2, 2013,

Below is a very useful basket made with an old cardboard box,the inside of which was splash painted,then cut into elements ready for weaving . You can learn how to make one of these fantastic baskets, or treat someone to a one day weaving course at The Studio 4b . They make wonderful gifts for your friends and family. Go to the contact me page to book a place.


 

 




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WHATS ON

Posted by roger fowle on Sunday, December 1, 2013,
COME AND GET YOUR HANDS ON ONE OF MY WILLOW COFFINS,I WILL BE EXHIBITING AT THE CAMBRIDGE CREMATORIUM OPEN DAY ON  SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER TO MARK THEIR 75TH ANNIVERSARY. DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE  https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/crematorium-75th-anniversary-open-day HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.      
 

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A Three Rod Wale

Posted by roger fowle on Sunday, December 1, 2013,
This is a three rod wale being worked on the side of a willow coffin ,its purpose is to add strength to the basket and also for decorative effect.It is worked in white willow, enjoy . 



    
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Testimonials

Posted by roger fowle on Sunday, December 1, 2013,

Read what my learners have to say about their time with me in The Studio 4b





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Have you got the measure of things

Posted by roger fowle on Sunday, December 1, 2013,

                                                                                       Next time you are down your local flatpack store grab a 
                                                                                       a handful of the paper tape measures and make a wonderful
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Wonderful willow rods ,dyed by Mr.John Galloway

Posted by roger fowle on Sunday, December 1, 2013,


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