I am a traditional trained basketmaker and learned the fundations of my craft at the German basketry school. Since then I increased my knowledge and repertoire by learning with other crafts and fellow craftsman...
Skeinwork . The material for this work is obtained by cleaving a long willow rod in three or four with a special wooden cleave. The long strips of willow are shaved by hand on a special shaving bench. With this type of work it is very important to work precise. The skeins can be as small as one 10th of a millimetre. After shaving the last remains of the bark are cleaned away.
Every skeinwork object is worked around it’s own wooden mould. Skeinwork is very time consuming. Making a dish for instance can take up to 40 hours or more. The result is a very fragile looking piece which when touched is surprisingly strong.