Willow is an elegant plant and a vigorous grower that dances with the wind, is very tactile and a pleasure to work with.
The rods are flexible, strong and versatile.
You can create a great variety of objects, from small decorative work to big garden hurdles, from practical objects like shopping baskets to living willow screens.
Willow and other sustainable materials such as rushes, hazel and heather have been very important in daily life over the centuries. Wicker medieval eel or fish traps, creels to transport peat or seaweed to the croft, coracles, the herring cran for the fish trade and balloon baskets – made basketry an integral part of society.
My willow working journey is a great delight gaining understanding of an old craft that still has a continuing relevance in our lives.
I enjoy sharing skills through willow weaving courses and demonstrations in Village Halls, Fairs, Historical gatherings and Museums. For up-to-date information, look on news/.
I grow my own willow or source it as local as possible. My home made baskets are sold at Craft Fairs and in local shops. Look on demonstrations for addresses and on news/ for dates.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. Thanks!