Hilary begins by harvesting two-year-old willow rods from her on willow beds, which she places in the sun so they become dark as they dry. Before being woven, the rods are split lengthways and then shaved down one side using a ‘shaving horse’ (similar to a work bench) and a ‘drawknife’ (a traditional woodworking hand tool used to shape wood by removing delicate shavings) to obtain a smooth surface. The design of this piece is based on the traditional techniques from southern Spain, in Catalunya, redesigned by Hilary with four twisted ties in the centre and twisted willow handles on the ends. The pattern and structure in the base is made from alternating between two different weaving techniques known as randing and waling, with latter technique creating the two raised ribs across the tray’s base.
Material: Mixed varieties willow
Dimensions: Height: 12 cm, Length: 74 cm, Width: 46 cm
Care Instructions: Dust and wipe with cloth, store in a warm dry place.