Learning how to make a Welsh Split Hazel Frame Basket

25. September 2016 Basketry 2
Learning how to make a Welsh Split Hazel Frame Basket
I spent a week at Woodland Pioneers with Ruth Pybus and David Brown learning an ancient and almost lost art of splitting strips of hazel from a rod and then weaving them into a frame basket. Ruth and David have spent the last few years researching and trying to find out how these traditional baskets were made. No ...

I Fix Broken Baskets!

16. July 2016 Basketry 0
I Fix Broken Baskets!
This laundry basket needed some attention before it completely fell apart.   So, 40 willow rods later and, shazam, new basket!   If you’ve got a similar problem then email Dr Basket Morgan!  

The World’s First Bodger Morgan Mailout!

The World’s First Bodger Morgan Mailout!
I’m creating a mailing list so I can occasionally send out news and offers about my leather, willow and greenwood work.  I’m inviting you to subscribe! If you subscribe you’ll be entered into a free prize draw! 1st Prize: A solid, handmade belt. 2nd Prize: A leather notebook. 3rd Prize: £10 discount on anything in my shop ...

The 2016 Basket Cases

11. June 2016 Basketry 0
The 2016 Basket Cases
I had a fantastic day today at the Coppice Co-op’s yard, showing three wonderful people how to make traditional round willow baskets. Thanks Eric, Helen and Graeme for making it so much fun! And you made some excellent baskets!

Back Yard Willow Growing

Back Yard Willow Growing
For the past four years I’ve been growing willow in our back garden. It’s not a huge space, about 10ft (3m) by 18ft (5.5m). I started in 2012 by covering the area with breathable weed suppressing membrane and then cut rows of small slits at 18 inch (45cm) gaps, each row being 12 inches (30cm) ...

Willow Basket Course

09. September 2015 Basketry 0
Willow Basket Course
In August I ran a traditional English round basket course – my 4th one for the Coppice Co-op – for three lovely ladies. We all had a great couple of days in the warmth of summer.