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.