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About Me


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.

Workshop Wednesdays

November 14, 2013

Did you know there is a basketmaker working in Fowlmere?

I have been making baskets since 2002. In 2005 I completed a two year course leading to a City and Guilds qualification in creative basketry.  I also attended a PTLLS+ course to improve my teaching skills and enable me to teach Saturday Schools for the L.E.A.

In 2009 I was employed by Winter Comfort, a homeless charity in Cambridge.  I was the weaving tutor for the social enterprise Winter Willow where I trained the homeless to weave willow coffins, giving structure to their lives with the possibility of employment and breaking the circle of homelessness. The funding axe fell in April this year and I decided to continue the business on my own. I now make willow coffins and baskets in my studio on The Butts Business Centre, my coffins sell to funeral directors and individuals across the country. I also offer bereaved family members the opportunity to work on their loved one’s coffins, which has proved very popular. My coffins are eco friendly, ideal for woodland burial and cremation.

Workshop Wednesdays is when members of the public come and weave a basket at the studio and learn the ancient craft of willow weaving, booking is advisable.  This class makes a great gift for someone and they will go home with a wonderful woven item.  I also accept commissions and have a range of baskets for the Christmas market. My baskets are made with English willow from the Somerset Levels, and some I grow myself. I also use all kinds of recycled materials. Do come and visit and have a chat and cup of tea or coffee.

Roger Fowle, Studio 4b, The Butts Business Centre, Fowlmere. 01763 208612     07875768843

See more of my work here www.weavermanbaskets.co.uk  Recommended by The Good Funeral Guide

 

 

Baby Angels

October 3, 2013
“October is Infant/Pregnancy Loss and SIDS Awareness month! Let's take some time to remember the babies who were born asleep, or whom we carried but never met, or those we have held but could not take home, or the ones who made it home, but didn't stay. Make this your profile status if you or someone you know has suffered the loss of a baby. The majority of you won't do it, because unlike cancer, baby loss is still a taboo subject. Break the silenc...

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Arrow Basket

September 26, 2013
This week i have been commissioned to make a basket to hold arrows . The Archer will be using the basket as part of a medieval display 

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Recycled Baskets

September 24, 2013
Greetings,some new pictures have been added to the Gallery page Baskets made from recycled materials,use and reuse the earths resources. Learn how to make one of these baskets at the Wednesday Workshops, contact me for details.I can also come to your place and teach a group of your friends   
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Fowlmere fun day

September 17, 2013
Hello,  The weather wasnt good on the day and may have kept the visitors away from the reserve,but those who did attend had a wonderful day.
there were live mammals on view, woodmice,yellow neck mouse,shrew and bank vole .There were also a variety of moths on show ,including two Red Underwings resting on the outside of the classroom. So to sum up,disappointment with the visitor numbers,great to see and chat with those who made the effort and braved the weather, great excitement working so clos...

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Whats on

September 14, 2013
Greetings,today i can be found at the RSPB Reserve ,Fowlmere, its a Fun Day with lots of nature things to do for everyone.
Do come along and try some willow weaving . look forward to seeing you there 

Fowlmere Fun day!

Saturday 14 September

10am-4pm

Price: Free

Wonderful wildlife at Fowlmere Nature Reserve

Family activities: pond dipping, owl pellet dissection,  arts and crafts, wildlife watching (including kingfishers!)

Demonstrations of moth and small mammal trapping

Fowlmere Nature Reserve is Off M...


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putting on a 4 rod border

September 11, 2013

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The Good Funeral Awards

September 10, 2013
The Good Funeral Awards was held at the weekend and i was voted runner up in The Eternal Slumber Award for coffin supplier of the yearhttp://www.goodfuneralguide.co.uk/2013/09/good-funeral-awards-2013-winners-runners/ 

I would like to thank all those folk involved in the event and all my customers for their support over the year
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Blog from the Studio 4b

September 7, 2013
 blogging wi start very soon on this page 
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