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.

 

Owen Jones

Spout Meadow High Nibthwaite, Ulverston Cumbria LA12 8DF United Kingdom