Small textured basket with hazel handle


I have been making these little baskets with hazel handles for some time. I enjoy finding a curved piece of hazel with attractive bark. The hazel compliments the willow and is also makes a useful handle. The weave on the sides of this basket gives a textured finish and highlights the beautiful colours of the Packing Twine willow.

In this basket I have used Le Bleu, Dicky Meadows and Packing Twine willows grown here in King’s Cliffe and the base is made with Brittany Green willow from Somerset. I found the subtle changes of colour of the brown and green willow really appealing in this basket.

The hazel handle was grown in a nearby hazel coppice woodland by Carolyn Church and Hugh Ross.

28 cm wide x  23 cm high