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Fishing Creel Baskets

Fishing creels are woven in many forms such as wicker and skeined willow or made in a stake and strand technique using willow rods. They can also be woven of splint such as black ash or constructed of birch bark sheets. Most have a hole on the lid to accept the newly caught fish. They are often embellished with tooled leather detailing and shoulder harnesses of leather or woven cotton webbing.

Copyright  Susi Nuss 2006 - Image of woman reclining on the grass with a skeined willow fishing creel basket, fishing rod and batch of freshly caught fish nearby, handwritten note on back of original photograph states " '39 Buick " I guess the car was more important to the photographer than the girl, the basket or the fish.

Angling Artifacts Creels and Nets
Lorne & Yuriko Hirsch offer a selection of highly collectible vintage fishing split willow or wicker fishing creels and nets, many with tooled leather detailing.

Curragh Fishing Creel
Kidney shaped traditional English willow fishing creel basket with bridle leather detailing.

Fishing Creels
Choose from a constantly changing selection of antique and contemporary fishing creel baskets.

Fishing Creel Charms
Sterling silver, gold and brass charms in the shape of a wicker fishing creel basket for your pendant, bracelet or necklace. The perfect gift of jewelry for the basket lover and or fisherwoman in your life.

Hand Woven Willow Fishing Creels
Softly bed your catch on a cushion of moss or grass in an airy woven fish basket. These creels are a symbol of the serenity and splendor of trout fishing. They are hand made in America in the English Willow Basketry tradition using buff willow by Bonnie Gale. The creel features a three part leather/brass harness and the lid includes a willow twig slide and hole for fish.

Pat and Butch Bramhall - Stonehouse Silversmiths
This basketmaking couple from Croghan, NY create miniature, small scale and up to life size Adirondack Pack baskets, fishing creels and other baskets woven of precious metals such as sterling silver and gold.

Shaw and Tenney Maine Fishing Creel Baskets
Handmade in Maine, using hand pounded brown ash, ornamental weaves and hand cut leather harnesses, each pack and creel basket is unique. They offer conventional pack baskets, covered baskets, and trout and boat creels. They can have custom made, very special baskets in a 1/8" weave.

Vintage Fishing Creels from Lava Creek Trading
Hugh Chatham, one of the authors of the definitive book on fishing baskets and creels offers a selection of antique, vintage and collectible fishing creels.

Vintage Fishing Creels
An ever changing selection of vintage wicker and split willow fish baskets, antique fly fishing creels and other sport fishing collectibles, many with hand tooled leather detailing, straps, rigs or harnesses. Often you will find trout catch nets, rods, lures, flies, gaffs, wallets, tackle, tackle boxes and reels as well for the fisherman in your life. Occasionally you will find makers such as McMonies, George E. Lawrence Co., John Clark Saddlery Co., Marswell, Mariner, Whitehead, Yakima, Japanese "French" weave or a rare Nelson Creel with a leather pouch.

Stephen Zeh
Maker of award winning baskets handcrafted of Maine brown ash in the tradition of the Maine woodsmen, Shakers, and Native American basketmakers. Miniature, swing handle baskets, pack baskets, trout creels, small creels, purses, carriers, and lidded baskets.


The Basket Book
by Lyn Siler
A good choice for the beginning basketmaker. Terminology, instructions, materials, techniques and helpful hints for making 32 different functional, decorative baskets. Over 600 illustrations. Includes step by step instructions for weaving a round reed fishing creel. Paperback.

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