Gathering Willow for Basketmaking

Last Sunday when it wasn’t as cold as it is today, I went out into the back 40 and gathered wild willow to use in my antler baskets. It is far too cold to do that today, though at -20 degrees with no wind chill factor! Brrrrrr!

We still have about six inches of snow on the ground, so storing the willow outside in the snowbank is no problem at all. Can’t wait for spring to come in about three months!

I made the antler basket in the picture about two years ago, using some diamond willow shoots for the spokes and weavers. Isn’t it a pretty green color? Named it “Green Envy.” That did change after it dried, and became a nice warm green/brown.

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