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Ted Bruce

After working in practical countryside management for some 15 years, and then dabbling in archaeology, I picked up a book about basket making and was instantly 'hooked'.  I taught myself initially and over the years improved my skills with a number of short courses.

I live and work in Shropshire where I now weave with English willow, some of which I grow myself.  I produce a wide range of strong, attractive, functional baskets for domestic and garden use.  My baskets are made with proven traditional weaves and techniques (mainly English), whilst incorporating a strong design element to give a contemporary feel.  My range of products includes baskets for dogs to logs, trugs to shopping trolleys, and waste to wet washing.   I also work increasingly to commission, carry out repairs and give talks and demonstrations.  I'm a member of the Basketmakers' Association and the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft.

Basket making is one of the most environmentally-sound processes and I still obtain enormous satisfaction from weaving a good, solid basket, knowing the material comes from a sustainable source and creating in a matter of hours, a functional piece which will last a great number of years and which is ultimately bio-degradable.

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