When I started "English Basketry
Willows" in the early 1980's, basketry was in its infancy
in the United States and few people had been exposed to the basket
willows imported from Europe. The response and interest was very
positive and soon thereafter, I searched out the specific traditional
willow basketry tools and started collecting books on willow basketry. The
finest tools and books have been gathered from many countries.
I visited England (where I had
been born) and spent time with professional willow basketmakers
in order to learn the skills of traditional willow basketry. The
process of education is continual and my commitment to learning
the techniques of willow work is for this lifetime. I have developed
a repertoire of baskets over the years although much of my time
is spent doing custom work. I work in the traditional manner using
the traditional tools and working position, and I believe in making
strong, functional baskets.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and
travel far afield to teach traditional willow work to Guilds and
Conventions. In 1988, I founded the American Willow Growers Network
in order to provide a framework for willow growing efforts and
an exploration of willow uses in North America. In January 2008,
the fee paying part of AWGN was suspended. Newsletters are still
available. Since 2004, I have become involved in the design and
installation of living willow structures. I live in Central New
York, which has a strong legacy of willow growing and willow basketry.
This web site aims to provide a
complete resource on willow basketry and living willow structures.
As I am an active willow basketmaker and willow grower, I use
and can recommend the products that I offer for sale.
Proprietor and Basketmaker