One of the lovely things about basket making is how few tools are needed. When I’m making ash splint baskets, I use just a knife, scissors, small spring clamps and a bodkin. The bodkin aids with packing down the weavers, tucking the uprights into the weave when they are turned down and opening the gaps for lashing.
These bodkins are specifically designed for working with ash splint and sized for 6mm weavers which I use on most of my work. They’re equally suitable for rush or willow basket making work. Available through my Etsy store