This unusual willow basket was used to carry and display produce by farmers wives in the pannier markets of Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and Bideford in North Devon.
Made in a smaller than original size (approx, L42cm x w30cm x h28cm) this basket is made using traditional English techniques including an oval tied slath base made underfoot, English rand weave, squarework border and lovely twisted handles.
(Traditional size of 24" x 24" x 36")
Traditional made in white willow, this basket is shown made in buff willow from the Somerset Levels with Devon apple wood 'feet' and latch.
Can be made to order in white, steamed, brown or buff combination using commercial Black Maul willow from the local Somerset Levels.
It gives me a real sense of pride that having lived and worked in Devon for over 20 years i can help to keep this traditional, and somewhat quirky basket alive!
This basket is highly unusual in that it begins with an oval base but finishes with a traditional squarework border.
Twisted handles are cleverly strengthened from underneath. Originally these baskets were used to carry produce such as cream, eggs, chicken and rabbits.
Basket detail showing the traditional English oval slath base. This base is made very energetically underfoot in what almost feels like a dance!