Mellowed Willow Wicker Oval Log Basket
Small – Length 47 cm x Width 37 cm x Height 29 cm
Medium – Length 53 cm x Width 42 cm x Height 35 cm
Large – Length 63 cm x Width 48 cm x Height 38 cm
Description: Mellowed Willow Wicker Oval Log Basket. Made from full buff willow wicker, these mellowed willow wicker oval log basket have a stitched in hessian lining and rope carrying handles. Use to store logs and kindling beside your fire, or line with plastic for a pretty garden planter. The buff willow is soaked in cold water, drained and left to mellow overnight in a damp blanket, plastic sheeting, hessian or an old sheet can also be used. This allows the inner parts of the willow to become fully pliable, and gains the brown/grey colour. The colour can also be called Antique Wash.
At Choice Baskets we stock a selection of mellowed willow baskets, from stair to garden and craft to logs. Once you’ve decided on the colour, the next decision is the style. We are also able to source storage and large log baskets in the same antique wash finish.
Willow baskets are very versatile. These are much hardier 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. Mellowing gives a brown/grey shabby chic colour.
Our baskets are handcrafted from natural products, please allow 5% tolerance on all measurements