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making an oak swill basket

Making an Oak Swill

One of the first things you notice about Owen Jones, apart from his friendly, relaxed demeanor, is his hands: huge and work-worn. They’ve definitely seen some years of graft. I’m at his workshop in Cumbria, to make an oak swill. This is a traditional split wood basket from the region, …

woven ash backpack

Making an Ash Pack Basket

For ages I’ve been wanting to make a pack, or back, basket from wood splints. They’re best made in the spring when …

neolithic style willow baskets

Stonehenge: Neolithic Basketry

During the Neolithic time at Stonehenge, there would have been willows growing on the banks of the river Avon, which ran right …

looped bast bag

Looped bast

I was inspired to make this piece using twine made of lime and foraged willow bast, after hearing about archaeological finds of …

grass and mistle thrush basket

Mistle thrush basket

Last winter there were a few weeks when it was unusually snowy. And in the usual English way, human life pretty much …

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