Oak swills are a traditional split wood basket from Cumbria and are made by weaving thin strips of riven oak around a steamed hazel rim. I have been making them since 1988 and sell mainly at shows and events where I demonstrate my craft.
Teaching: I teach a three day course on oak swills. We start with an oak tree and everyone ends up with a swill. We go through the whole process including cleaving, boiling and riving the oak, dressing and steam bending the hazel. No experience is required.