Recently I discovered there's another basketmaker living locally. Roger specialises in working with buff and white willow, and beautiful decorative plaited borders, and actually makes willow coffins most of the time. I decided to visit last week to make a basket with him, to see how he works and to pick up some tips. I wasn't too worried about what our project was so together we came up with a simple round design that would allow time to look at each stage in very close detail, placing every single stroke with immense care, and the result is a tray that I'm really very proud of. It's rare for me to look at a piece I've made without picking out the mistakes, but this one ... well, for once I can see far more good than bad.
I'll be going back in a couple of weeks to make a different style of basket with a variation on the braid decoration. If it works out you can be certain I'll be showing photos!