Oak Swill Basket


Oak swill baskets are traditionally made in the Lake District and for centuries were part of a large coppice industry in the oak woods of the Furness Fells. They are strong, durable, oval baskets made by hand weaving thin strips of coppiced oak around a hazel rim. 

Historically, oak swills were used for 'coaling' steam ships or in mines, mills and ironworks. In agricultural settings they were used for sowing, harvesting root crops and feeding animals. Domestically they were useful for laundry, logs, gardening and even as cradles. 

Each basket can take over six hours to produce once the wood has been prepared. 

Sizes:    Small        41cm
              Medium    49cm
              Large        56cm
              XL             61cm 

Each basket is entirely unique and may vary slightly in size, colour and shape.