Willow Block Basket I

Hilary Burns
Willow Block Basket I, handwoven by master basket-weaver Hilary Burns using Devon willow.

Part of a family designed by master basket weaver Hilary Burns, this small basket is part of a series of woven storage vessels with rounded edges and varied textures.
Leather strap not included
Material: Devon willow body
Dimensions: Approx Height: 19 cm Width: 16 cm Depth: 16.5 cm
Care Instructions: Wipe with cloth
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Willow harvesting takes place from January to April. After bundling, the willow stands in the elements draining sap. It is then soaked one day per foot and wrapped until it ‘mellows’. Using simple tools, Hilary transforms these willow stalks into unique basket forms.
The Maker Hilary Burns Basket Maker - South West England

Hilary Burns is a Devon based basketmaker who grows, harvests, soaks and bends her own willow to create functional pieces and decorative baskets. Weaving has been a constant in her life, originally she trained as a fabric weaver before taking up the craft of basketry thirty years ago. In 1985, she planted several willow beds to grow her own sustainable materials – hazel, oak and ash. Her work is based on traditional techniques applied in a contemporary way to achieve a robust and natural look.