Willow and Willow Baskets


(Dennis Lanigan) #1

I found some amazing willow spots last week and harvested a bunch. I have a bunch dried from last year and plan on making some baskets once I figure out how to soak them (I’m told you need to soak them a day for every foot they are long). I’m leaning towards using a PVC pipe (6″x10′) with a cap at the end. Anyone have any better ideas for soaking willow? The bathtub seems like an obvious idea but I don’t want to stain the tub with tannins. And I don’t have a spare creek nearby…

My sweetheart knows how to make baskets so once I figure out the soaking we’re going to make some. I’ll share what we make. Anyone else do any basketry?

(Dennis Lanigan) #2

Here’s an excellent basic guide to making a willow basket from Jon Ridgeon.


I find that spare bathtubs are often free for the hauling… I have four.