Where does my willow material come from?
I import a considerable amount of willow materials from Europe. Also, a few years ago I leased land and planted a crop of willows which I use in certain aspects of my work. The colour of all my willows is natural.
Is the colour natural?
The colour is natural. After harvesting, the willow rods are sorted into lengths (ranging from 3 ft upwards) and bundled before being boiled for a number of hours to enable the bark to be stripped off. It is during this boiling process that the tannin in the bark gives the buff colour to the stripped willow.
How do I care for my willow basket?
Once a year it is good to give your basket a soaking in cold water. Fill the bath with cold water, place the basket in and leave for half an hour. Be sure to let it dry completely in an airy, shaded place. This process will put a little moisture back into the willow as well as washing it. A soft bristled bursh can be used to clean the basket if necessary.
Can I leave my willow basket outside?
This is not a good idea as it will deteriorate in time and lose its colour.
How long does it take to make a basket?
This depends on the shape and size of the basket. A small round one takes a few hours.
What ordering options are there?
Baskets can be ordered through e-mail or phone, or by visiting my workroom.
Can I have baskets repaired?
It depends. By their very design, good quality baskets won’t fall apart (if well cared for), and I am able to do minor repairs to handles, borders, etc. However, some baskets are beyond repair, particularly if they have become brittle through age, or were originally poorly made.