FAQs

UK postage is £4.95 or £8.95 depending on the size of the basket. The following baskets can be sent as 2nd class Royal Mail medium parcels which is £4.95 - 1 x any of: Small Gardening basket, Peg basket, Vegetable Picker, Market Shopper, Forager's Basket, Shopping Basket , Potato Basket, Wastepaper Basket, Small Flower Gatherer or Round fruit basket. For the rest, or a few of the above ordered at the same time, postage is £8.95 for fully-tracked Parcelforce 48-hour delivery.

I'm happy to combine postage where possible (a small curved log basket + a large curved log basket combined postage is £8.95 for example.)

Postage for many baskets ordered together that can't be combined because the combined volume would be outwith the limit of the carrier's height x girth restrictions will be charged at the appropriate multiple of £8.95.

 

For international delivery, orders to The Republic of Ireland can be placed through the shop on the website and  1 x Euro Priority Express parcel is £15.00. A few mid-size baskets can be combined into a 1 x Euro Priority Express Parcel. For other EU countries please contact me for a shipping quote and an order can be placed via email. I don't deliver outside the EU at present unfortunately. For USA & Canada I recommend finding a basketmaker in your part of the world and North American weavers can be found on the NBO website.

 

Besides the Payment options here on the website, I can also accept BACs direct transfer (please contact me for details), or cheques. If you prefer to use any of these options please contact me via email with details of the baskets you'd like to order and I can email an invoice to you including payment instructions for BACs or cheques.

As John's turnover is less than 83K per year there is no VAT on John Cowan Basket products

 

Basketmaking Tuition - although I don't run courses I can offer 1-to-1 tuition (which is how I learned basketmaking) in my workshop in Lanark, Lanarkshire to those who want to improve their weaving or learn a new technique. Please note that I am a full-time professional basketmaker who makes very many baskets each week. If you are an absolute beginner I suspect my tuition could seem a bit intensive and very serious. In this case I recommend some of the more leisurely beginners classes to ease you into the craft - these are listed on the websites of The Basketmakers' Association or The Scottish basketmakers' Circle. You might still come to me after you have had some experience in the craft. I work in a shed which is very cold in the winter and warm in sunny days during the summer. It is small so it may be a bit of a squeeze for two of us working together. All my baskets are made the traditional way on the plank on the floor and this is the only way I teach basketmaking. So, after managing expectations, if the above isn't too off-putting, if you have done some training and are making baskets independently, and are maybe thinking about selling work, or are selling work already, you will be welcome to arrange a visit for tuition with me. I enjoy sharing my skills and experience. My knowledge and skills are mostly concerned with British methods of basketmaking and I might suggest a suitable traditional basket style for study. Hours would be 9:30 til 4:30pm by arrangement and would cost around £80 per day.