I wanted a basket for carrying kindling from my woodshed for my woodburning stove, so I went for a walk and collected some willow wands.
Firstly I twisted two thicker wands into a circle to make a rim for the basket.
I weaved in the basket ribs
I continued weaving between between the rib, filling in the basket
As I filled in the middle of the basket I did not weave to the basket rim. This creates two opposing handles for carrying the basket when it’s full.
This handle is very different to those on other baskets I have made
My weaving skills are still rather slow but after three hours the basket was completed
And the finished basket is certainly fit for purpose
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