Wil­low ball fundraiser

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TOHILL

Some of those pesky wil­lows that abound in the Clutha District are go­ing to be whipped into shape this week­end.

The Stir­ling Hall com­mit­tee is hold­ing wil­low ball-mak­ing work­shops to raise funds for main­te­nance on their historic build­ing in South Otago.

It was the per­fect time of year to har­vest wil­low saplings while they were sup­ple enough to be bent and ma­nip­u­lated into hoop shapes, com­mit­tee mem­ber and flo­ral artist Al­li­son Demp­ster said.

‘‘The other thing is there’s no fo­liage on them, so you don’t strip them.’’

Th­ese work­shops have been held be­fore, with great suc­cess, she said.

‘‘It’s achiev­able for peo­ple be­cause they can take home what they’ve made.’’

The ball shape is cre­ated by mak­ing a se­ries of cir­cles, which nest within and over­lap each other.

Wil­low balls were ver­sa­tile art works, be­cause they could be made into any size, for in­doors or out­doors, as hanging sta­tion­ary ob­jects, she said.

The big­gest wil­low ball Demp­ster can re­mem­ber mak­ing had to be trans­ported by trailer to a flo­ral art event in Queen­stown a few years ago

‘‘You could climb in­side it.’’ For this week­end’s work­shops, peo­ple need to bring gloves, se­ca­teurs and their lunch.

Ma­te­ri­als will be pro­vided. Ses­sions cost $20 and run from 10am to 3pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Al­li­son Demp­ster 03 418 2323. or

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