Basket Making

This basket is made from two sorts of willow, both grown in the damp fields lower down the hill. One of the names of the yellow willow is crack willow – it is a very vigorous, wild willow, that is exceptionally supple, and of course it has a beautiful colour. The purple willow is a small, farmed willow variety. This is less vigorous, and after a few years of repeated cuttings, the plants have become quite weak. I think they’ll have to be left uncut for a year or two, so not so much basket-making for a while.