LOG BASKETS

Jenny Crisp

A Woodee Basket is the marriage of a hand forged metal frame to Herefordshire Willow. Our blacksmith Derek hand forges each frame in his Herefordshire forge.

To protect the metal Herefordshire Bees Wax polish is worked into the frame. The metal takes on a lovely patination.

Jenny Crisp, master willow grower and basket maker grows many varieties of willow in a small corner of Herefordshire countryside. Using only one year old Herefordshire Willow Jenny soaks it for a week outside her workshop in a cold water trough. Willow has a short shelf life in this state and it becomes a very time sensitive process. Keeping the material in the right condition to weave is paramount. The balance of moisture in the willow is the key – too dry and it will be brittle and crack, unworked wet willow will go mouldy.

Every basket is unique. Jenny, who has a basket in the V&A Collection, uses a combination of willow varieties and traditional techniques such as English Rand and Double French Rand.

Colours cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to accommodate a light or darker green/grey for you if you have a preference. The Willow will keep its colour unless it is exposed to extended periods of sunlight – in a conservatory for example. When not in use for long periods, you can care for it by leaving it in a damp environment to re balance the moisture content.


Log Trolley

Log Trolley

Beautifully designed to carry and hold logs from your woodpile to the hearth.

Our sturdy and stylish Log Trolley is unique. Before making the frame yield to a bend, Steve our Blacksmith has forged two rope twists, one on either side of the handle. This hand forged frame runs the length of the handle to the base, giving stability and strength. The forged hooped base offers a strong platform and a large capacity for logs.

Once the frame is welded together, Herefordshire Bees Wax polish is worked into the metal to protect it and stop it rusting. It takes on a lovely patination.

The Log Trolleys are weaved with a mixture of two indigenous varieties of ‘Purpurea’ Willow – ‘Dicky Meadows’ and ‘Jagiellonka’. The unstripped Herefordshire Willow has been soaked for a week outside Jenny Crisp’s workshop in a cold water trough. Willow has a short shelf life in this state and it becomes a very time sensitive process. Keeping the material in the right condition to weave is paramount. The balance of moisture in the willow is the key – too dry and it will be brittle and crack, unworked wet willow will go mouldy.

Each basket is unique. Jenny, who has a basket in the V&A Collection, uses a combination of techniques in the Log Trolley such as English Rand and Double French Rand. To get the straightness and uniformity across the depth has taken 30 years of experience. The result is contemporary and stylish.

Next the Trolley travels to another corner of Herefordshire to be united with its wheels. They are a beautiful piece of engineering. Made by local engineer Steve Methven, they are born out of tubular steel and plasma cut sheet metal. Steve welds up and finishes each wheel, with a linear bearing at the centre for a smooth ride. This is then welded, very carefully, to the frame.

Finally the front stopper is affixed to the base of the basket by Traditional Joiner, David Malone. Made from seasoned Herefordshire Oak, this stabilises the stationary Log Trolley.

Willow colours cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to accommodate a light or darker green/grey for you if you have a preference. The Willow will keep its colour unless it is exposed to extended periods of sunlight – in a conservatory for example. When not in use for long periods, you can care for it by leaving it in a damp environment to re balance the moisture content. To protect the metal, periodically work bees wax polish into it.

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Log Loops

Log Loop

A Woodee Log Loop is the marriage of a hand forged metal frame to Herefordshire Willow.

To make a pair of perfectly hand forged circles is an art form. Our blacksmith, Steve Lloyd, uses a traditional cast Iron Cone Mandrel to skilfully shape each hoop. The hoops are then welded into a balanced frame and the legs are added, allowing room for the Willow. Individually crafted oak leaves are hand moulded into shape and welded to the Log Loop before it leaves the forge.

Next, to protect the metal and stop it rusting, Herefordshire Bees Wax polish is worked into the frame. The metal takes on a lovely patination.

The one year old Herefordshire Willow will have been soaked for the previous week outside Jenny Crisp’s workshop in a cold water trough. Willow has a short shelf life in this state and it becomes a very time sensitive process. Keeping the material in the right condition to weave is paramount. The balance of moisture in the willow is the key – too dry and it will be brittle and crack, unworked wet willow will go mouldy.

Log Loop Details

The Log Loops are weaved with a willow variety called ‘Purpurea’. Some 60 whips of which are rhythmically weaved onto the frame. The willow is looped in and out with as few kinks as possible giving a smooth fluency to the finish. As the space to weave in the frame gets smaller it becomes more difficult to curve the willow around. To get such a tight, accurate weave is incredibly skilful and takes decades of practice.

Colours cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to accommodate a light or darker green/grey for you if you have a preference. The Willow will keep its colour unless it is exposed to extended periods of sunlight – in a conservatory for example. When not in use for long periods, you can care for it by leaving it in a damp environment to re balance the moisture content. To protect the metal, periodically work bees wax polish into it.

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