Oak swill baskets are traditionally made in the Lake District and have been produced in this area it is thought for centuries. They are strong, durable, oval baskets made by hand weaving thin strips of coppiced oak around a hazel rim.
The history of these beautiful objects is that they were used for coaling steam ships, in mines, mills and Ironworks as well as many other industries. In agricultural settings they were used for sowing, harvesting root crops and for feeding animals. Domestically they came in to use for laundry, logs, gardening and even as cradles.
Each basket can take over six hours to produce once the wood is prepared.
Size - Small 16"
Each basket is entirely unique and may vary slightly in size, colour and shape