How to Make a Biodegradable Willow Wreath…easy and free!

Cut a range of willow stems, including Dogwood and any other bendy shrubs or woods you can easily access and lay them on the floor to grade them in length. Take a long length of green willow and made a circle, twisting the spare of the length around the circle. Following this,  insert another long length as you can see, and twist this around the circle. Twisting long lengths to start the circle, strengthens the hoop and makes it easier to follow on with shorter pieces. You can keep adjusting the circle to make it as round as possible. The…

How To Make A Willow Wigwam Plant Support…for Free!

Place a tyre on the ground. This acts as a guide to the size of the wigwam. Insert poles of Willow, Hazel or Ash into the ground around the tyre…it helps if the ground is soft! Tie the poles together at the top, string will do, but I use a few thin ‘whips’ of Willow! Now, you can begin weaving… Starting with a long stem of Willow, begin to weave in and out between the poles. Each strip woven in will begin to strengthen the support. You can experiment with different weaves, but working with 2 lengths at a time,…

The Road Not Taken…

Spent the day learning more about basketry in another great workshop organized by Tom Browne at Corrigeenroe near Boyle, here in County Roscommon. I am tired, but looking forward to day 2 of the willow weaving and basketry, tomorrow. This is a fabulous, fabulous hen basket woven by Tom, to transport hens in…isn’t this just the best looking and most practical basket you ever did see? It has a gorgeous little door on the front and will hold several hens in pure comfort. Something worth mentioning is the fact that the hen basket is a completely unique design…Tom’s own craft-work!…

Weaving Baskets from Willow.

I began a two day basket making workshop today. Being able to weave baskets fro the huge stocks of willow growing here at Bealtaine has always been a dream for me. This is the base of the basket. I am hoping to make lots of baskets during the coming months as I practise the craft. Inserting the uprights into the base…you need lots of space to do this! This just a short diary update and will continue tomorrow with the finished project and lots of information!