About the usage of willow
True to a craftsperson is the manual labor aimed for the production and processing of materials. In a craft like wickerwork with willow, the usage of the right materials is even more so a crucial element.
Willow, or water ditches from a willow, are the long straight shoots that form after a willow is truncated. The willow (Salix) is a genus of deciduous trees and shrubs from the willow family and is found in Belgium along ditches and ponds. As a tree, we know the willow mainly as the pollard willow and the weeping willow (Salix babylonica)
Quality and sustainability are two valuable aspects that hold high importance both for me as a person as well as a craftsperson. Through craftsmanship and the usage of materials with an ecological value, I try my very best to incorporate this into all my work.
I am not a willow breeder myself, and therefore I had to find a good one to collaborate with. "De Vos BVBA" is a company established in Belgium where I get approximately 99% of my material. This way I try to contribute to keeping my ecological footprint as low as possible.
Every once in a while, when on a demonstration at markets abroad, like in Lichtenfels Germany, I buy working tools and different types of willow at Hans Ender en Schardt KG.
More info about the breeding process of willow and the usage of it is coming soon, so stay up to date!