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This feature is intended to introduce you to a variety of willow basketmakers from near and far. Basketmakers from around the world have a continuing involvement in this historic craft. Some of these individuals are production craftsmen, some basketry artists involved in traditional or contemporary uses of willow. Some are involved in environmental installations or sculpture. Some use willow bark to plait or twine, while others use willow rods in stake and strand technique or as a core in coiling. Still others are growers, teachers or authors. The breadth of their work is quite amazing. I hope you enjoy connecting with them and the work they do.

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If you know of additional practicing willow basketmakers around the world with a presence on the web, please contact me.

Laura Ellen Bacon
Willow artist from Derbyshire, England weaves contemporary forms for interiors and the landscape. She
exhibits her work, accepts commissions and conducts a variety of workshops including living willow installations. 

Iris Bertz
Basketmaker from Germany. Trained with the German Guild of Basketry and also has a particular interest in growing willow.

Susan Billy
California Pomo Coiled baskets of willow, sedge and redbud.

Debbie Booth
Norwich, England. Willow basketmaker for 20 years. Grows 12 varieties of willow; owner English Willow Baskets.

Phil Bradley
Professional basket maker who has trained in the UK, France, Poland and Tanzania. Works with school children to create living willow sculpture and teachers at venues such as the Royal Horticultural Society.

Stephanie Bunn
Willow artist and environmental sculptor from England taught at Pilefletterseminar 1999 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mary Butcher
Traditional English willow basketmaker.

Michelle Cain
Willow sculptor and basketmaker from Wales, UK. Watch as she creates environmental sculptures such as this 26 foot high wicker otter which stands at the Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran, near Cardigan. She also make baskets and teaches both adults and children.

Jo Campbell-Amsler
Willow basketmaker from Monticello, Iowa. She has been teaching her willow picnic backpack and fishing creel at conferences this year. Author of Nature's embellishments.

Marvin Cohodas
Coiled willow over a core of round round reed in one-rod or three rod coiling techniques is the specialty of this Vancouver, Canada Arts professor and basket artist. His site offers design and materials processing tips.

Susie Dadd
Creates Living Willow Sculptures.

Ankaret Dean
Specializes in the use of natural materials found in her local environment using them in her basketry and woven pieces.

Peter Dibble
Willow basketmaker from Norwich, England. Trained by his father-in-law Will Berry, a well respected Suffolk basketmaker, now retired.

Sandra Eagle
Paiute - Shashone who includes beads and feathers in many of her coiled willow baskets.

Peter Faulkner
Coracle maker. Coracles are ancient boats woven of willow and hazel branches and covered with leather.

Anne Folehave
Willow instructor who participated in Pilefletterseminar 1998.

Janet Forgeron
Willow furniture maker from Breezy Willow Furniture in British Columbia.

Steve Fuller
of Willow Pool Designs in Cumbria, England. His Willow Pool Designs site includes reprints of magazine articles about living willow sculpture, willow used in permaculture and other resources. Steve also offers a photo album of live willow installations and other examples of his work and that of his partner Simone Siegan.

Bonnie Gale
English Basketry Willows. Norwich, New York. Traditional willow basketmaker, teacher, author and supplier

Richard Gilliand (Ne Mook Na Na)
Interlochen, Michigan. Teaches willow furniture construction as well as ash and birch bark basketry.

Graham Glanville - Galloway Basketmaker
This Scottish basketmaker makes and teaches a variety of strong functional baskets in peeled white and buff or natural colors using coppiced willow which is grown especially for basketmaking.

Sally Goymer
Cheltenham, England.

Caroline Gregson
UK willow sculpture artist and basketmaker creates traditional baskets, screens, wall pieces and random weave willow pieces in animal and human forms.

Nigel Hall
Artist who uses willow as one of the materials in his contemporary sculpture.

Lisa Head
This central Pennsylvania basket artist who grew up in Kentucky uses natural materials such as black willow bark, broomsedge, white oak, hickory bark and rye straw to create coiled and plaited baskets. Her work includes plaited rye straw dough rising baskets, storage hampers and bee skeps in the Pennsylvania German tradition and plaited bark baskets from the Appalachian tradition.

David Hembrow
This traditional English willow basketmaker from Cambridge, UK is part of a multi-generation family of basketmakers. A variety of traditional willow baskets are offered including bicycle, shopping, pet, flower, laundry baskets and a wheeled willow shopping basket made by David's late father, Gordon Hembrow.

Alastair Heseltine
An English sculptor, now living in British Columbia, Canada who is working with mixed media relating to the environment. His site is a visual treat with images of baskets, sculpture, furniture, design, landscape installations, willow culture and much more.

Joe Hogan
Irish willow basketmaker makes both traditional and contemporary baskets using colorful willow he grows himself. He offers finished baskets and instructional workshops at his own studio in Loch na Fooey, Co. Galway, Ireland as well as at various international basketmaking events.

Joe Hogan
Willow basketmaker from County Galway, Ireland. Mentioned on this Danish site.

Rae Hunter
Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada willow basketmaker. She creates traditional, contemporary and sculptural baskets.

Tim Johnson
Willow artist and environmental sculptor from England who taught at Pilefletterseminar 1999 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Arjan Joosten
Willow basketmaker from Holland offers his round baskets for sale. His site also includes photo essays on his efforts to grow his own willow.

Lynn Kirkham
Irish basket and environmental installation artist who works on willow sculptures and installations. Involved in the Dane Valley Willow Project and the Dane Valley Coppice Crafts Group.

Rob & Julie King
Makers of first quality English baskets, made from the finest English-grown willow, some of which they grow themselves.

Andris Lapins
Willow basketmaker from Latvia noted for his skeined willow baskets.

Trevor Leat
Willow basketmaker from Scotland. Has been a teacher at Pilefletterseminar in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee
In addition to making willow baskets, Lee and her husband Lindsay grow and sell 35 varieties of willow for basketry at their Decorah, Iowa Willowglen Nursery.

Katherine Lewis
Willow basketmaker located in the Skagit Valley of Washington State, USA. She has a small farm named Dunbar Gardens where she grows much of the willow used in her baskets. She offers finished baskets, willow basketry supplies, willow basketry workshops and willow basket making demonstrations.

Colin Manthorpe
Traditional willow basketmaker from England.

Ewen McEwen
Living Willow Sculptures.

Rane McKeon
Willow basketmaker and teacher from Sandpoint, Idaho.

Roman Melnichenko
Willow basketmaker from the Ukraine offers a variety of household baskets, boxes, shelves, frames and lampshades.

Dan Moffett
Rustic Willow furniture maker from Danville, Kentucky.

Marianne Mortensen
Willow basketmaker from Denmark.

Stig Pedersen
Willow basketmaker from Denmark.

Bill Roeder
Bill's attention has turned to creating fine skeined willow baskets. He also lectures and demonstrates on German fine skein willow basketry.

Heather Sanft
Traditional willow basketmaker from Nova Scotia creates historical recreations including living fences, wattles and Irish Coracles as well as contemporary pieces.

Joanna E. Schantz
Demonstrates and teaches willow basketry at the Broom and Basket Shop at the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Author of Willow Basketry of The Amana Colonies  and Willow Basketry for the Very Beginner.

Eva Seidenfaden
Willow basketry teacher and manager of Vissinggaard, an international center of willow-work and basketry in Denmark.

Marianne Seidenfaden
Willow basketmaker from Denmark. Creator of this fanciful but realistic full body willow cow sculpture.

Heather Shaw
Traditional willow basketmaker from New Zealand. Heather offers willow baskets such as picnic baskets, willow drawers, cutlery trays, wine baskets, laundry baskets, letter baskets, baby baskets and rattles, shopping baskets, clothes hampers and more done in square work, round work and French fitching.

Simone Siegan
of Willow Pool Designs in Cumbria, England.

Natalie Silks
Along with Clare Wilks created four living willow cones at the Stathe Bridge along the River Parret trail in Somerset, England. The cones were created by staking willow into the ground and weaving the cone shapes. The willow sprouted and now exist as living sculpture.

Morten Simonsen
Teaches people to grow their own willow and weave baskets, furniture and fences in his native Denmark. 

Michael Steffenhagen
Willow basketmaker from the very South of Germany. Offers traditional baskets, garden furnishings and custom woven willow items. Translate from German.

Cita Steinmeier
This basketmaker and basketry teacher from Denmark works primarily in unpeeled willow. Cita offers a variety of willow basketry resources on her web page, including a gallery of her work. 
Translate this page from Danish to another language choice.

Char TerBeest-Kudla - Wild Willows
Baraboo, WI Author of Wisconsin Willow Adventures of A Basketmaker and Gifts from the Earth - A Basketmaker's Field Guide to Midwest Botanicals.

Michael Thierschmann
Accomplished willow basketmaker from Germany.

Susie Thomson
Basket artist from the UK who combines German basketry traditions and English basketry techniques in her baskets of unpeeled colored willow rods.

Werner Turtschi
Willow basketmaker born in Switzerland, travels to the United States and Canada for study and to teach beginner and advanced willow basketry workshops.

Bent Vinkler
Willow worker from Denmark.

Sandy Whalen
Basketmaker in the English willow tradition from Milford, Michigan. Conference teacher and co-author of the book Natural Baskets.

Clare Wilks
Along with Natalie Silks, created four living willow cones at the Stathe Bridge along the River Parret trail in Somerset, England. The cones were created by staking willow into the ground and weaving the cone shapes. The willow sprouted and now exist as living sculpture.

Clare Wilks
Personal site of this willow basketmaker and sculptor living in London, England. Teaches workshops in garden structures and living willow sculpture.

Ed Willie
Pomo/ Paiute/ Wailaki basketmaker who has taught willow basketry workshops at Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin.

Roy Youdale
Working in willow, almost entirely to commission, Roy designs and creates all his own baskets. He teaches a variety of workshops in willow basketry in and around Bristol, England.

Judy Zugish
Judy Zugish and Bill Roeder are co-founders of Fishsticks Basketry School, started in 1991 as a field study education resource bringing local, national and international weavers together. These creative learning workshops take place in Judy's celebrated garden.

Jennifer Heller Zurich
Contemporary basketmaker from Berea, KY uses black willow bark collected near her Kentucky home to weave, plait and twine baskets that evoke tradition while appearing timeless. She exhibits in juried shows nationally and she offers workshops in the materials and techniques she employs.

Contact me if you know of other willow basketmakers who are featured on the web.

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