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Read several times before starting
on 4 June 2010
A generally well laid out book, with lots of good step-by-step photos. However it does launch in too quickly by not explaining some of the terminology, and not explaining others until right at the end of the book. I feel a lot more time should have been taken to explain the basic terminology right at the beginning, as I had to read many of the sections several times before I understood them.
The baskets described are 'hedgerow' baskets, made from foraged materials, although it does also discuss farmed willow and home-grown materials. Be aware that apart from the farmed willow, the materials are only available in winter, once the sap is down. So if you buy this at another time of year, then be prepared for a wait before you can practice yourself. For this reason I haven't been able to try the techniques yet, but I think I now understand the process, and am keen to have a go.
I bought this book as I'd done a bit of willow work in the past, but had not attempted a basket. I'll definitely be having ago once the materials become available. I would recommend this book as a companion to another book, but can't recommend it on its own.