Here’s another good basketweaving tutorial, this time it’s by Jon’s Bushcraft.com on weaving with willow rods (or brambles in this case). Willow rods can be woven in the exact same manner as the brambles and might even be more accessible to you right now in the wild than brambles (raspberries, blackberries, etc.).
This tutorial is especially intriguing for those of you not familiar with weaving with wild, natural and unprocessed materials and have only worked with materials such as rattan reed. Willow rods absolutely have a “mind of their own” and can be most uncooperative at times!
Since it’s still winter in most areas of the country, you can still go out and gather your own willow as the sap is down and hasn’t yet begun to venture up the rods. Enjoy!