Jane makes baskets which are traditional, functional and durable and will give you many years of service. Each basket is unique and entirely made by hand using a few simple tools. Most of the baskets are made using willow grown here at Seafield Farm so, as well as being useful, your basket will be a memory of the Argyll landscape.
Willow is cut by hand during the winter when the leaves have fallen. It is sorted into bundles according to length, which are then stored in an open barn and allowed to dry out naturally. The dried rods are soaked for several days to make them pliable for weaving. Several colourful varieties are grown at Seafield, adding interest and variety to the baskets.
Baskets are usually available for sale in the workshop and range in price from £25 for a small or medium fruit basket, from £35 for a round, oval or square shopper and from £75 for a log basket. Price depends on size and complexity of the basket.
Basketmaking tends to be a winter occupation when there is less work to do in the garden and the cottages.
Visitors to the workshop are welcome but please phone or email first to make sure I will be here. Please wear a mask when visiting the workshop.