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Creating your perfect Willow Basket
Initially this page gives some information about growing willow and the various natural colours available.
Scroll down a little to find more information about making baskets and the options available when creating your custom made willow basket.
Willow is a fast growing, sustainable crop, which grows well in wetland areas, such as the Somerset Levels. There are many varieties of coppice willow grown for many purposes, including basket making.
The round tray is is made from buff willow.
Generally every basket has the same elements, and they are :-
The Base, Uprights, Wale, Weave & Border.
Each is described below with examples.
The base can be round, oval, square or rectangular. It is also possible to make triangular bases.
The Milldale Shopper has an oval base.
The most commonly found border is what we will call the standard border. Whereas the track border is just one willow rod thick, the standard border is several rods thick, thereby reducing the internal space available (compared to the same size basket with a track border).
The track border is therefore most suited to small baskets where internal space needs to be maximised. The standard border is most suited to larger baskets and baskets which have to work hard, log baskets for example.
There is also the overall look of the basket to consider. You may prefer one style to the other.
The Plait Border is a decorative border to be found mainly on furniture, cradles and coffins.
If you have any questions at all about the options available, what would best suit your requirements, or if you would like a quotation, please call Alison on 01294 829012 or send an email to email@example.com.
If it's storage baskets you are looking for then the storage solutions page shows baskets with different borders, weaves and colours.
Many customers have sent us pictures of their baskets in situ. They can be found on the gallery page.