Mr. Basketmaker Speaks: Caskets?

The following post is a peculiar subject from Eric, but interesting nonetheless:

Over the years of my travels and teaching, I have had a lot of different questions. Every now and then I hear the one about whether I have woven a coffin before. The answer is “No.” I have never woven a coffin. But I have heard about it being done. Mostly, I hear they make them in England. I did meet someone that had made his father’s coffin out of wicker. I thought that was an incredibly touching act of love. These take many, many hours to make and not everyone is capable.

While looking around the internet, I came across this video. It is part basket, part… well you will see.

Above video is of a basketmaker weaving one a Somerset Willow Coffin. Find them at