What you'll do
We will go through the natural materials suitable for weaving and following the traditional methods we will build the basket in willow and olive tree wickers, just like people were used to doing in the Tuscan countryside until about fifty years ago. We will make the basket weaving only natural material with the help of just the pruning shears and an awl; we will weave with two, three and sixteen weavers and we will close it with a nice border. In the end, you will be proud of your round basket in willow and olive tree that with its 25 cm in diameter you can comfortably put in your on board suitcase and once you get home to fill with the lemons collected in our garden. If you're travelling with friends or relatives, they can stay and relax in our garden, while you are busy weaving around; or they can try the wide and wild Marina di Vecchiano beach, just 20 minutes drive by car.
Handyman at Casa Gentili. Born and raised in the family property, after more than 20 years working for multinational companies now I take care of the historic building to pass it on to future generations and make it appreciated by those present. Weaving traditional objects and making experiments to furnish with natural materials collected in the countryside around the house, highlighting their beauty and primitive simplicity.
A Tuscan snack Let me know your preferences in time, I will try to match them.
tea and beverages.
Willow to weave Pruning shears, peaks in willow and olive tree, awl.
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Where you'll be
In the shade of the centuries-old magnolia, in the Casa Gentili's front garden, an historic home in the Tuscan countryside, a 15-minute drive from Pisa and Lucca. The fronds with large leaves will offer shelter on sunny days while in bad weather we will weave in the former stable, a place of great charm, invaded by the scent of natural material ready for the weaving.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend.
Dress comfortable clothing to work in complete freedom. Driving your vehicle (car, bike) is recommended to get there, as public transportation is very limited.
Weave your Tuscan basket in willow