If you ever wondered why most round baskets have a little square in the middle, now you will see why. This close up video shows the very first stages of making a basket base, one of the most fiddliest bits of the basket weaving days here at Wild Harvest School.
The willow in the video is 3ft long, buff willow (without the bark on). It has been soaked for one and a half hours and mellowed for one and a half hours. See our other blog; Harvesting and Preparing Willow For Weaving to learn about soaking and mellowing your willow.
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