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BOOKS

Fifty Years on the Plank by Colin Manthorpe

Fifty Years on the Plank by Colin Manthorpe

Many of us have benefited from Colin's teaching, extensive knowledge and skill. He has been a professional basketmaker all his life and this is a fascinating account of his apprenticeship and the large commercial trade once based in Great Yarmouth. He is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers and was presented with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his immense contribution to English basketmaking. 48pp, A5, 32illus. BA publication. Price (incl p&p) £5.50 UK, £6.50 Europe, £7.50 rest of the world.

£5.50

Angus Mcphee: Weaver of Grass by Joyce Laing

Angus Mcphee: Weaver of Grass by Joyce Laing

This small book tells the moving story of Angus Mcphee, who crafted unique versions of everyday objects using grasses as material. A casualty of WW1, he did not speak for years. The book deals with psychology, ingenuity, and inspirational human spirit. Those who saw the play about him were very moved. Price (incl p&p) £13.50 UK, £16, Europe, £17.15 rest of the world

£13.50

Bare Branches, Blue Black Sky by Joe Hogan

Bare Branches, Blue Black Sky by Joe Hogan

This is Joe's latest book in which he describes the baskets he made from 2005 to 2011, when he started to make non-functional baskets still using traditional willow techniques. He writes about the evolution of his work and how it is inspired by the sculptural qualities of the materials he uses, poetry and myths, world events, the countryside and philosophy. 74pp. 24x17cms. Many photographs. Price (incl p&p) £10 to UK, £12.70 Europe, £15 rest of the world.

£10.00

Basket Borders. Edited by Mary Butcher

Basket Borders. Edited by Mary Butcher

With contributions from 33 BA members, this book gives comprehensive instructions for willow, rush, plaited and cane borders. 106 pages. A4 ring bound. BA publication. Price (inc p&p) £12.50 UK, £14.00 Europe, £17.00 rest of world

£12.50

Basketmaking in Ireland by Joe Hogan

Basketmaking in Ireland by Joe Hogan

Thankfully reprinted by the publishers, this is a marvellous book. The result of Joe Hogan's years of experience in making baskets and his deep academic study of traditional Irish baskets with all their local variations. 300pp, 24 x17 cm. Many photos, drawings and diagrams. Soft cover. Price (inc p&p) £22.30 UK, £27.75 Europe, £32.50 rest of the world

£22.30

Baskets in Europe by Maurice Bichard

Baskets in Europe by Maurice Bichard

Techniques, photos, interviews, maps, history, a stunning record of 40 years of collecting. Available from the author, a BA member, click below for further details and how to order.

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Cultivation and Use of Basket Willows

Cultivation and Use of Basket Willows

This is a very comprehensive and practical guide for the small or large scale grower. Produced jointly by the BA and Rothamstead Research (formerly Long Ashton Research Station of Bristol University). As far as we know, this is the only book devoted to the growing of willows. Price (incl p&p) £6.00 UK, £7.00 Europe, £8.00 rest of world

£6.00

East Weaves West: Basketry from Japan & Britain

East Weaves West: Basketry from Japan & Britain

This is the catalogue of the ground-breaking exhibition which toured the UK and Holland, featuring 25 British and 22 Japanese basketmakers. It includes a photograph of each exhibit, together with career details and sometimes their philosophy. There are thought-provoking essays by Hisako Sekijima, Mary Butcher, Catherine Atherton, and Lee Dalby. Also a list of international resources; festivals, courses, magazines, material suppliers, museums, a bibliography and contacts for the exhibitors. Price (incl p&p) £3.00 UK, £5.20 Europe, £6.25 rest of world

£3.00

How to make Hurdles from Willow by Andrew Basham

How to make Hurdles from Willow by Andrew Basham

Andrew Basham learnt from Edward Farman, a 3rd generation maker in East Anglia, and is very experienced. The booklet covers materials, preparation, harvesting, tools and the construction of a hurdle. 12pp, A5. BA publication. 

Soft cover. Price (incl p&p) £2.50 UK, £3.50 Europe, £4.25 rest of world

£2.50

Mas Que Cestos - More Than Baskets by Carlos Fontales

Mas Que Cestos - More Than Baskets by Carlos Fontales

For over 20 years Carlos has been seeking out and recording the making of basketry objects, which are necessary for people's everyday life. The book features not just baskets, but cradles, capes, fish traps, shoes etc which are usually made by the people who use them, not made to sell. The people and skills are dying out. Carlos has sought to gather their knowledge before it is lost for ever. His book covers many materials, techniques, forms and their geographical locations. Text In Spanish and English. 60pp, 17 x 23cm, many photographs.Soft cover. Published in 2014. Price (inc p&p) £14.00 UK. Overseas members can buy direct from Carlos for €10.00 plus postage. Contact carlosfontales@gmail.com

£14.00

Open Hexagonal Plaiting by Joni Bamford

Open Hexagonal Plaiting by Joni Bamford

This is a copy of the original 1993 booklet, reprinted by the BA as a tribute to Joni who died in Nov 2008. It has very thorough explanations of the variations of this technique. 28pp, A5, black & white illustrations. The price includes a small donation to the British Heart Foundation. Price (inc p&p) £3.00 UK, £4 Europe, £4.70 rest of the world

£3.00

Plaited Basketry by Joni Bamford

Plaited Basketry by Joni Bamford

This book has been reprinted by the BA as a tribute to Joni Bamford who died in Nov 2008. It is Joni's how-to book on straight and bias plaiting and the bias corner with 7 projects. It gives information on materials, twill plaiting and surface decoration. Many diagrams and some colour photos of finished work, including a gallery of 12 baskets. 28pp, A4 ring-bound. Price includes a small donation to the British Heart Foundation. Price (inc p&p) £10.00 UK, £12.25 Europe, £13.40 rest of world

£10.00

Split Wood Basketry from Los Ancares by Lluis Grau & Anna Champeney

Split Wood Basketry from Los Ancares by Lluis Grau & Anna Champeney

This book describes the history, context, makers and, above all, the techniques and materials used to make these beautiful baskets which are specific to Los Ancares in northern Spain. Lluis has learnt from the few remaining makers to become an expert and teaches the techniques so that this unique skill may not die out. Anna is the inspirational translator. Text in Spanish and English. 63 pp, 22x30cm, ring bound. Price (incl p&p) £6.50 UK, £10.00 Europe, £12.45 rest of the world

£6.50

Willow in the Blood. Edited by Roy Youdale

Willow in the Blood. Edited by Roy Youdale

This little book by Stan Derham, a willow grower of high repute, gives a fascinating insight into his life, the willow trade and the social history of an occupation that is now rare. Includes a computer CD of conversations between Stan and his daughter and photographs of his farm, stripping the willow etc. Sadly Stan died, but happily this record of his life remains. BA publication. 44pp, A5, full colour soft cover. Price (incl p&p) £5.50 UK, £6.80 Europe, £7.90 rest of the world (£1 less without the CD)

£5.50

The 1956 Basketmakers' List

The 1956 Basketmakers' List

Issued by the Employers and Employees Federations in 1956. This book sets down national wage rates and employment conditions for the British Basket Industry. Gives full list of baskets, their names (Potato Prickle etc), their sizes and specifications (e.g. number of stakes, weave to be used etc). Reprinted by the BA. Price (incl p&p) £4.10 UK, £6.60 Europe, £7.60 rest of the world

£4.10

Wicker and Veneer Baskets

Wicker and Veneer Baskets

This leaflet is a copy of the British Standards Institution's Packaging Code Issued in 1950. These are small white baskets in which strawberries and mushrooms used to be sold. It defines skips, chips, hampers, some basket terms, styles ("Can basket: a course slewed open basket made to hold 1 to 16 gallon cans of chemicals") with some diagrams. Part B deals with veneer baskets including a detailed drawing to show their construction. Part C deals with punnets. Price (inc p&p) £2.05 UK. £3.75 Europe, £4.50 rest of the world

£2.05

Chair Seating by Kay Johnson, Olivia Elton Barratt & Mary Butcher

Chair Seating by Kay Johnson, Olivia Elton Barratt & Mary Butcher

Available direct from the authors. Click below for further details and how to order

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DVDs

An Asparagus Basket by Colin Manthorpe

An Asparagus Basket by Colin Manthorpe

This is a sturdy rectangular willow basket made to protect the tender asparagus shoots. With an added handle it makes a good shopper. No longer produced, Colin used to make 100s during the short asparagus season. 75 mins. Price (incl p&p) £6.00 UK, £7.00 Europe, £7.50 rest of the world.

£6.00

A Square Fitched Shopper by Sally Goymer

A Square Fitched Shopper by Sally Goymer

Three discs cover the making of this elegant and useful basket. Includes many professional tips from Sally, who is one of our most experienced makers. Price (incl p&p) £10.80 UK, £12.00 Europe, £13 rest of the world

£10.80

A Pea Gatherer by Colin Manthorpe

A Pea Gatherer by Colin Manthorpe

Colin demonstrates this traditional Norfolk buff & white willow basket. It is roughly goldfish bowl shaped with a cross over handle. Colin explains how to adapt the weaves to the materials available and still create the size and shape of this historic basket. DVD produced by the BA and filmed by Rae Gillott. Price (incl p&p) £6.00 UK, £7.00 Europe, £7.50 rest of the world

£6.00

Dome Lidded Hamper by Sally Goymer

Dome Lidded Hamper by Sally Goymer

Sally teaches this willow hamper which incorporates a square work base and false wale. The sides have slewing, French ranting and waling. The lid is domed with a twisted rope handle and hinges. She gives numerous tips for better working. 5 discs in all. Price (incl p&p) £12.00 UK, £13.00 Europe, £14.00 rest of the world

£12.00

Making an Oak Swill Basket by Owen Jones

Making an Oak Swill Basket by Owen Jones

Owen is one of the few makers of this classic Cumbrian basket. He shows the process from felling the young oak to the final weave using hazel and oak. Two discs showing the preparation of the material and weaving the swill. Price (incl p&p) £7.50 UK., £8.50 Europe, £9.50 rest of the world

£7.50

Four Bases & a Partition by Colin Manthorpe

Four Bases & a Partition by Colin Manthorpe

This DVD covers round, oval, square and slewed round willow bases. Colin also teaches adding a partition to a square shopper to use as a picnic basket. Very practical and useful. Price (incl p&p) £6.00 UK, £7.00 Europe, £7.50 rest of the world

£6.00

Porthleven Lobster Pot by George Chambers

Porthleven Lobster Pot by George Chambers

The technique used to make this inkpot style basket is unique but each locality has its own variation dependent on the materials available. George used to make these during the winter using tamarisk and willow, showing the strength and skills demanded. Price (incl p&p) £13.00 UK, £14.70 Europe, £15.40 the rest of the world

£13.00

A Yarmouth Herring Cran by Colin Manthorpe

This is a unique basket in that it is an official measure and therefore has to meet 22 specific measurements before it can be branded as accurate and sold. They were made in their hundreds but only in Yarmouth. They were bought by the Scottish fishing fleets and those from northern England when the boats followed the fish southwards. These baskets were made in a variety of sizes, but it was in 1889 that the Commissioners of the herring industry decided the quarter cran would be an official measure for herring. A quarter cran of herrings weighs approximately 25 kilos. It is a complex basket made from white willow, palembang cane and kubu for the handles, 6 hazel posts and 2 wooden slats. Colin was filmed demonstrating its making before BA members at a summer meeting in 1994. Price (incl p&p) £6.00 UK, £7.00 Europe, £7.50 rest of the world.

£6.00

Fred Rogers' Willow Class: Squarework

Fred Rogers' Willow Class: Squarework

Fred Rogers, a professional basketmaker for over 50 years, teaches the making of a picnic hamper with drop-in lid, foot track, T-shaped partitions, wire hinges, hasp and noose fastenings, D-shaped handle, pet basket notch and five pair plait border. Touches on skeining, and gives a fascinating commentary. 150 mins. Price (incl p&p) £10.00 UK, £10.50 Europe, £11.25 rest of the world.

£10.00

Round Basket with Side Handles

Round Basket with Side Handles

Fred Rogers and Mary Butcher teach traditional English willow techniques, very clear and comprehensive, from choosing the rods to final picking off. First rate instruction from highly qualified practical basketmakers. 120 mins. Price (incl p&p) £9.00 UK, £10.50 Europe, £11.25 rest of the world

£9.00

Oval Shopping Basket with English Slath & Cross Handle

Oval Shopping Basket with English Slath & Cross Handle

Fred Rogers and Mary Butcher teach the traditional English willow oval base made under the foot. Continues on from 'How to make Round Willow Baskets with Side Handles' DVD. Both excellent instructional DVDs. 85 mins. Price (incl p&p) £9.00 UK, £10.50 Europe, £11.25 rest of the world

£9.00

Welsh Hazel Basket by Ruth Pybus

Demonstrated by Ruth Pybus and filmed by Rae Gillott, this DVD adds a new subject to the BA's series of documentary DVDs and features new techniques, for example how to peel and rive coppiced hazel and to dress weavers and ribs for this frame basket. 2 discs. Price (incl p&p) £7.50 UK, £8.50 Europe, £9.50 rest of the world

£7.50

BA GOODS

BA Badge

BA Badge

The BA logo is enamelled in brown on a gilt background. Round with safety catch. Very attractive! Price (incl p&p) £4.00 UK, £5.70 Europe, £6.40 rest of the world

£4.00

BA Apron

Apron with BA logo on the bib, 65% polyester, 35% cotton twill. Washable. Large front pocket with pen pocket. Crimson, teal blue or fresh mid-green. 72cm x 86cm. Adjustable neck strap. Price (incl p&p) £15.00 UK addresses only

Postcards

Postcard of an interior view of a French basketmaker's workshop. Good detail. Price 35p each + 55p p&p for several cards UK, + £1.05 p&p for 2 cards Europe, + £1.05 p&p for 1 card rest of the world

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