Norah made her first basket 32 years ago and then trained with Swindon based basketmaker Brynn Mathews and travelled to Ireland and Poland to study the work of other basketmakers.
Norah is now a full time basketmaker and tutor - teaching day and residential courses all year round. She works to commission in addition to producing a range of baskets for sale and has expanded her range to include willow Christmas decorations, plant supports and living willow structures.
The bulk of Norahs willow comes from Musgrove willows in Westonzoyland but she also incorporates more unusual coloured willow from powys and Herefordshire. Coming from a farming background the appeal of basketmaking for Norah lies in the combination of natural material with traditional skills.
Her interest lies in making baskets that are "right in themselves and good for use" and in reviving at least a portion of the many traditional uses for willow that have been superseded, but not surpased, by synthetic materials