Paul & Diane Weir
Basket making attracted my attention at a Craft Show in 1993. On joining the Basketmakers’ Association I attended several courses and eventually became a professional basket maker starting the business with my wife Diane in 2001. I am honoured to be a Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.
Commonly referred to as a wicker basket the word wicker is believed to be of Swedish origin, vikker meaning willow and the verb wika to bend or fold.
Special commissions include: heart-shaped baskets for dove release, Roman shields, baskets for vintage cars, butchers and bakers, and television props. Willow coffins are very eco friendly. The ship’s bell basket for HMS Richmond was a privileged to make.
We were featured on Anglia television after making a 7ft high "Wicker Man" designed for exhibitions in the UK and overseas.
Willow baskets fitted into kitchens are a favourite. Apart from the contemporary I also make traditional fishing baskets and creels, eel traps and duck nesters, baby cribs, shoppers and shopping trolleys. Our range includes baskets for dogs, cats, umbrellas and logs, ottomans, bicycle and linen and laundry baskets, garden trugs, hampers, bottle and stair baskets. Our stock items are woven using a combination of the natural colours available, or they can be made to your own colour specification.
There are many imported baskets which are of inferior quality; however, our baskets are made from the best English willow from the Somerset Levels. They are very strong, attractive and will last many, many years.