Double Steamed & Green Willow Wicker Six Bottle Basket
Length 35 cm x Width 25 cm x Height 18 cm (35 cm inc handle)
Double Steamed & Green Willow Wicker Six Bottle Basket. The high carrying handle gives easier access to the basket. The body of this basket is made from green willow, with top and bottom bands and handle of double steamed full buff willow wicker. Although listed as a bottle basket this basket could be used for many different things. In the craft room: paint brushes, knitting needles, crochet hooks, scissors, rulers and pens. Each section is big enough to hold a wine bottle. Add bottles of wine or beer to make a nice gift. Stand by your front door to hold delivered milk, or use for recycling.
We also stock bottle baskets in Washed Willow Wicker, Buff Willow Wicker and Seagrass. As part of our Grey Rattan range we now stock 4 and 6 section bottle baskets and a picnic basket with spaces for 4 bottles.
Willow baskets are very versatile. These are much hardier than many other natural materials, and can be used outside as they will survive in all weathers. Usually a stronger weave, they are very sturdy and solid. Grown in fields and by river banks as willow, the branches are stripped of their outer layer and usually treated before weaving. The end product is well suited to carrying weight although the baskets themselves are lightweight. Buff Willow is cropped mainly in November, but sometimes not until December. It is the most popular and is obtained by boiling the willows to release the natural colourant tannin from the bark into the wood. The bark is then stripped from the willow revealing the characteristic golden colour. The wicker is steamed twice to gain the darker chestnut colour.
The name green willow comes from the willow being used in its natural state, having gone through no treatment process, not necessarily the colour.
Our baskets are handcrafted from natural products, please allow 5% tolerance on all measurements