It has been said that humans have an intuitive ability to weave a basket,
just as a spider weaves its web or a bird makes a nest.

Tools of the trade

The skill of basket making has been around for thousands of years. The tools used are very basic; a knife, a bodkin and lots of patience.

I have mastered the patience part and have added a few other tools to make a basket makers job a bit easier.

The colours of willow

The colours are from different varieties of willow and from the different processes that include white, buff, greens and browns also other hedgerow woods such as hazel, dogwood and ash.

About me

I first ventured into basket making in 1985 by making rough hedgerow baskets as a hobby then I obtained a placement with a Basket Maker in Somerset through the Rural Enterprise Scheme.

My goal was, and remains, to keep the traditional basket making techniques alive and enable rural crafts to continue to provide an active place in the modern plastic age.

I am continually amazed at the craftsmanship of old and how they managed to achieve perfection in their work with such primitive tools and basic techniques.

Country folk often had part of their garden set aside for growing willow to make baskets, as would farmers for making hurdles.

I am a friend of the Heritage Craft Association and a member of The Basketmakers’ Association.