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callas



Joined: 20 Jan 2005
Posts: 60
Location: east coast
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 05 9:48 pm    Post subject: Willow Split Canes  Reply with quote    

Couldn't resist buying a large bunch of willow split canes, mainly because they were half price.

What can I do with them?

Is basket weaving the only answer?

I really want to make something for the garden.

dougal



Joined: 15 Jan 2005
Posts: 7184
Location: South Kent
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 05 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Find some poles, around 5 ft long, half to an inch thick. Trim to the same height. Arrange as a teepee ("wigwam"), secure with string. Now weave an open framework to create an obelisk. You may care to use some rustic twine for any final binding.
Looks great with things growing up it. Sweet Peas? Beans? Looks pretty good as a piece of garden 'architecture' out of season...
Such things go for 25 in some garden centres...

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24551
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

To keep the uprights under control, use a cardboard box with holes cut in the top to stand them in. You have a box with a circle of holes with an upright jammed into each. It makes the whole thing easier to control.

callas



Joined: 20 Jan 2005
Posts: 60
Location: east coast
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 05 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Dougal. You have fired me up to get out there and make something now.

Do I need to soak the willow before weaving?

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