A Handmade Willow Basket

February 20, 2013 · 4 comments


My friend Lisa (who makes an appearance in this post) gave me this huge willow basket for my birthday last week. I really didn’t expect her to get (let alone make) me anything at all, so I was totally surprised when she walked up with this beautiful creation. Lisa cut the willow at a friend’s property and then wove it. The basket isn’t exactly symmetrical and there are a few lumps and bumps and loose ends, but let me tell you, it is PERFECT. Lisa just made it recently, so it’s still pretty “green”. She says that the colors might fade and/or change a bit, and it will lighten up in weight significantly in the next few weeks and months. I love it so much that I’m having a hard time thinking of a way that I can use it and/or admire it often as opposed to stashing it away full of old newspapers or being so cautious with it that I don’t get to enjoy it.


Lisa is one of those refreshing people who doesn’t put up any false pretenses about who she is and who she isn’t. She’s straightforward and honest and humble. One of the things I admire about her most is her willingness to seek out different experiences and learn new skills. Instead of being afraid of being bad at something, looking foolish, or asking dumb questions (as I often am), she’ll just jump right in, trying her best, working hard, and asking questions when she needs to. Because of this character trait, she now knows a little or a lot about a wide variety of practical skills. I know I could definitely learn a thing or two from her.


I didn’t get to watch her assemble this basket (or cut her withies earlier), so I may have to talk her into letting me sit in on one of her basket-making sessions (with my camera, of course). We’ll see.

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Amanda Whitmire February 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm

What a lovely and thoughtful gift! Not that I have time for a new hobby, but I would also love to see how baskets are made. Like, in person (hint, hint). ;-)


Eleanor February 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

That is definitely a gift to treasure forever! Beautiful!


Kristy@SeeMyFootprints February 21, 2013 at 3:49 am

beautiful gift! Suggestions…?
Mmm on the bench or kitchen table with fruit in? (maybe not if the days have been like ours recently!)… wool in? collecting goodies from the garden?

either way, whatever you do. Enjoy. It’s a pretty special basket…


Tracy harrison February 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Hi, I discovered your blog through a google image search for willow baskets. I weave and I decided to look for inspiration online because I have a bunch of sticks leftover from a recent class. The basket Lisa gave you is a style I teach a lot and I’m wondering where Lisa made the basket – who did she learn from I mean? Just curious if it’s someone I know. I live in a farm in Gresham. This is our farm website: http://www.nagdeofarm.wordpress.com. If you and your family ever come into Portland it would be fun to have you over to say hi and trade stories. Blessings, Tracy


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