Farm life, growing and preparing willow, learn my craft of basketmaking and weaving and woodwork in Sandefjord, Norway



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    Hi from Norway!

    I answer email kinda slow unfortunately. If you dont get a reply within 2 weeks, try again. Sorry for this, but I have trouble with receiving emails on this account. Will fix it soon.

    Im a single woman living on a small island centrally located in the southern part of Norway for more than 12 years. I work on my farm as a willow grower, basketmaker, chairseat weaver, furniture restaurateur and media designer.

    I have a willow-field of 6 dekar and consist of approximately 60.000 mother-plants. It produce estimated 10-15 tons of ecological willow every year.
    The willow is harvested in november/december and in February/march - if weather condition allows us to do so (not too much snow). After being harvest, the willow is sorted into length and quality.
    For baskets I use many different natural materials, that are harvested in the forest. You will be a part of the harvest and preparations of this materials. If time is right, you can learn some handicraft, and maybe make some small items of willow.
    My house is a small wooden house with enough space for us all. You will have your own room. Making food, doing housecleaning and normal everyday stuff we do together.
    You will help me 5 days a week, approximately 5 hours a day, with a long lunchbreak in the middle of the day. I´m probably working more hours, depending on my ongoing projects - however you are of course, most welcome to join me in the workshop in the evenings.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn how island farming life is. How basketmakers live and work. if you want there are craft and art to be learned.

    I hope you send us a request. But take this in to consideration when you write to us.

    I haven't had a workaday in two years due to covid. My reply rate is rockbottom. I will try to fix this.
    RIGTH NOW- I have a brake from workaday, but will start to reply ASAP 🙏

    BEFOR -I do get a lot of requests and I try to answer back ASAP. I expect you to do the same. Unfortunately all my email from Workaway webpage does not come to my email. I don't check the mail on this webpage daily. If I dont answer you this is why. I will will try to answer right away.

    It takes a lot of time answering e-mails.
    What I would like for you to give me a defined answer when you want to come, and when you want to leave. And even more important to stick to the plan. If you don’t have a plan, ask me when I´m free to host you.

    If we accept your request remember to tell us if you change your plan.

  • Help


    What projects is mostly related to the four seasons:
    looking for persons with this skills

    van builder
    boat restoration
    Mediadesigner- video, photo, graphic

    The next years will be a little different than others. Im a half time student in the university, This means I will trust you to be reasonably independent, as I will not spend so much time in the workshop at I like.

    This winter we will harvest and sort the willow from the middle of januar. If you are up to some fresh Norwegian winter and like to be active we would like to welcome you to our beautiful island.

    I am starting to make short tutorial videos of my basketmaking and other projects. Do you have good experience in filmmaking, photo, video editing, drawing in photoshop etc, graphic design and other skills in that directions, please contact me if you like to help me with this project.

    I will start renovating my sailboat this ear. If you have skills related to that; like carpentry, electrics, solarpower, boats in general, metalwork etc your skills will be much appreciated.

    Im a professional basketmakers, and my income is from weaving chairs.
    If you come to me for the basketmaking, it is important that you have done basketry before, as im not teaching basketry. Send me some pictures of what you can do. It take about 14 hours to make a basket for a beginner. And a half year, to a year to have good quality products for sale.

    If you do some crafts in the worktime, it means that I have considered you as a good craftsperson. And you will work alongside me as independent artisan. We exchange knowledge. But you are free to use the workshop, if I trust you to take care of out tools and machines.
    If you have a certain skill in arts and crafts I will be happy to exchange knowledge with you.
    This could be welding, do metalwork, woodwork, blacksmithing, woodturning, draw, paint, sewing, weaving, basketweaving or any other crafts that I didn’t know.
    I have a workshop for basketmaking, a leather workshop, woodworking hand tools and machines.

    I welcome other people with other skills to, and here are some of my projects.

    JANUARY - FEBRUARY: Sorting the willow is our main tasks in january and harvesting willow if not too much snow.
    Working in the workshop making baskets. If the winter is not too heavy we harvest in the forest.

    MARS: Harvesting and sorting willow. Preparing for spring

    APRIL - may: Sending gods, making willow projects in gardens. Preparing for garden-markets. Preparing natural materials for basketmaking.

    MAY and JUNE we will harvest natural material in the forrest. Peeling willow, and taking care of the garden. If you like outdoor work, and beeing in the natur you are welcome. Taking care of the willow-field. Planting new willow.

    JUNE: Harvesting materials in the forest and lakes.

    JULY: CLOSED see specific above.

    Second half of AUGUST - OCTOBER: Prepare for winter, still enjoying the summer and autumn. Doing all the other stuff we did not manage the rest of the year. Harvesting natural materials. Making tutorial video

    NOVEMBER - DECEMBER: Harvesting natural materials, making small things for christmas markets. Harvest and sorting willow

    To fully learn a little bit of handicrafts and the willow , is best if you stay for at least two or three weeks. It is best for both you and us, if you also know that you enjoy and are capable of doing stuff with your hands.

    We mainly work with our willow, but there are other projects to attend to as:
    - Harvest and sorting willow
    - Harvest and s...
    -Chairseat weaving
    - Preparing waving materials ( splitting thick willow in three pieces, and making it thinner)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    I live in a small house on a small island. You will have your own room. I can host two people, but you will sleep in the same bed. 120 cm.
    In my house lives Silja - basketmakers and willow growers. 46 years. One cat. My kid (21) sometimes come home to visit. There are 1 more person on the island.
    You don’t have to bring anything for sleeping, I have all that.

    I usually cannot accommodate vegans or special diets. Unless you are the chef and take responsibillity for making and planing the food the period you are here. I´m not strict, but I do have my habits and liking in the kitchen. If you have food allergy or a disease let me now.

    If you need special food like a lot of fruit for snack, chocolate, soda, another snack you have to buy this yourself. This goes for alcohol and tobacco. I will have normal food, and try to make what you also like.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I´m situated between Tønsberg and Sandefjord as the two nearest big cities. Short way to Torp/Sandefjord airport, buss, train and other facilities. If you are interested in viking history this is the place to come, as I live near to Gokstad, Oseberg and Borre mounts. If not there are still places that is worth exploring.
    As I live on an island there is much to see. Go for a hike, fishing, boat trip, snorkelling, or just enjoy the season of the year. If you have a car, its one hour to the nearest ski senter .

    Hope to see you sooner or later :-)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    have parkingspace with power connections

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week (max 25 hours/week)

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