I grow willow in my back garden - 150 trees in a surprisingly small area! These produce enough rods to make about 10 baskets each year, so these baskets are special. Every winter I cut them right back so they produce new rods during the summer. If I need more then I buy my willow from friends in Cumbria or from the main Somerset willow growers.
I use traditional techniques that have probably been used for thousands of years. A knife, pair of secateurs, a bodkin and my fingers are all that's needed! The video below shows me finishing a large round basket by adding the top border.Click here to view video on YouTube