Making Handles

Different baskets with handles... and how they are made.
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The handle is being formed using tightly twisted willow.

The handle is being formed using tightly twisted willow.

The final twists around the handle before being tied off.

The final twists around the handle before being tied off.

Using the bodkin to help with the making of the handles on a washing basket.

Using the bodkin to help with the making of the handles on a washing basket.

First the handle rod is pushed into the basket firmly on the left side, taken over to the right and pushed through onto the inside of the basket.  A second rod of willow is pushed in close to the hoop on the right hand side.

First the handle rod is pushed into the basket firmly on the left side, taken over to the right and pushed through onto the inside of the basket. A second rod of willow is pushed in close to the hoop on the right hand side.

The second rod is then woven from right to left and back again and pushed again into the weave.    The willow has to be constantly twisted whilst being wound around the handle, to stop it breaking.

The second rod is then woven from right to left and back again and pushed again into the weave. The willow has to be constantly twisted whilst being wound around the handle, to stop it breaking.

Finally the original rod, which formed the hoop at the beginning is twisted and woven around the hoop, filling in the gaps.  It will be tied-off on the left hand side.

Finally the original rod, which formed the hoop at the beginning is twisted and woven around the hoop, filling in the gaps. It will be tied-off on the left hand side.

The finished handle, all tied into the basket.

The finished handle, all tied into the basket.


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