Lorna graduated in 2013 as a coppice apprentice of the Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust following three years of intensive tuition in coppice woodland management and crafts. She specialises in woven wooden products, cutting and preparing the wood by hand and managing and restoring coppice woodland in a responsible and renewable way, seeing the whole process from the tree to the finished product. Her products are made using Oak coppiced locally in South Cumbria.
She honours the generations of swillers before her by creating baskets in the traditional patterns. However, the oak swill and the techniques used to handle it are incredible and deserve celebration, so Lorna also endeavours to design and make contemporary products that show off the unique strength and flexibility of swill. Lorna creates baskets, bags and contemporary home products woven in Oak. Practical and utility items with a rich heritage, they also happen to be beautiful and tactile.