Bending bonds and handles for Devon stave baskets

The handle, rim and bottom bond for the Devon stave basket are made from freshly cut ash coppice. I use small diameter poles which are cleft into four pieces and then shaped with a drawknife while clamped in the shavehorse.

While the wood is still green, it can be slowly bend around a former. Usually wood is bent using steam to heat and soften the fibres but with care it’s possible to bend wood cold. After a few days of drying, the shape is set and can be stored for future use.

My Devon stave baskets are made in small batches a few times a year, please email me if you’re interested in more details or to order. I post process photos and new baskets on my SteveTomlinCrafts Instagram feed.


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One Response to Bending bonds and handles for Devon stave baskets

  1. Ruth says:

    Good to see you looking industrious! Beautiful hoops.

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