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Accomplished basket-weavers Louise and Trevor McLean work from a small studio space created from part of the remains of an old stone shed and wall at the rear of their home on the outskirts of Portrush. This space has become a focal point for tourists who love to see traditional heritage crafts.
Louise is a 3D willow artist/designer of bespoke and traditional baskets inspired by Ireland's rugged landscape and coastlines and incorporating homegrown willow and found elements such as pebbles, driftwood, and seaweed.
Meanwhile, Trevor has acquired various traditional craft skills, including coppice crafts and chair-making, basketry, and most recently, working with driftwood. He studied with basket makers throughout Ireland over many years, including renowned master basket-maker Joe Hogan in Galway.
The couple hopes to offer heritage craft weekend experiences in their 1937 smallholding and is opening a Heritage Craft School in the disused agricultural buildings, which include a Nissan hut once used by Naval officers during the war and sited initially at Cromore, Portstewart, and a relocated classroom from the nearby school at Carnalridge.