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Nicknamed the 'eggy' basket by Lorna, this is a traditional oval swill basket, made using thin strips of coppiced oak woven around a hazel rim. Based on the larger Oak swill baskets that are embedded in the Cumbrian landscape, these baskets were historically used in all areas of industry and agriculture until the introduction of plastics.
Material: Coppiced Oak & Hazel
Dimensions: Width: 25cm
Care Instructions: Wipe with cloth or dust lightly
The swill used by Lorna comes from Oak coppiced in the Rusland Valley, Cumbria, which once collected is boiled overnight, riven into strips, dressed & soaked before weaving onto a Hazel wood rim.
Lorna Singleton is one of the UK’s last remaining ‘swillers’ specialists in woven products made with coppiced oak. Lorna graduated as an apprentice of the Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust, following three years of intensive tuition in coppice woodland management.
Using simple hand tools and techniques from generations past, Lorna Singleton creates baskets based on the traditional patterns from South Cumbrian region as well as collaborating on contemporary applications for this historic practice.
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