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The Basket Maker

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Introduction
The Somerset Levels are the main UK wetland where willow is grown commercially. The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, founded 1569 in the City of London, retains strong links with the craft. A complete basket from 3000BC is in the British Museum.

 The Coates Willows & Wetlands Centre near Glastonbury, Somerset.

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Hazle Ceramics
The Basket Maker
Limited Painting of 30
on Bury Nutshell
With Added Baskets
Only 4 with Armchair &
Log or Laundry Basket

 Coates harvest withies in winter. New beds are laid from last year’s crop in late May, with autumn leaf mulch replacing fertilisers.

 From the Coates Walks leaflet: the varied flora and insect life in this habitat gives rise to important bird breeding areas.

2009 Cyber Ceramic

Cart and wheelchair in Basket Museum. 
Buff willow: boiled and bark removed. 

£94.50 Worldwide
With Free Postage

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P H Coate & Son
Founded 1819 by Robert Coate, methods haven’t changed much but products are adapted. Living Willow sculpture has featured on BBC TV’s Gardeners’ World. Willow spiling and hurdles help reinforce river banks. Willow charcoal is used by artists and as a propellant in explosives and fireworks. And Coates wicker furniture is still in demand now, just as it was in Victorian times.

Willow coffins are now a popular green option. 

 Posh picnic hampers! Coates supply major stores, museums and stage or film sets such as Johnny Depp’s Sweeney Todd and Channel 4’s River Cottage.

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