Saturday May 23rd 2009, 8:29 pm

In the country, degrees of separation tend to be very few. After writing my blog piece recently about the willow fence down the road, within a week or so I had met the fence maker in person, whose handiwork I have been admiring, and was able to get a few facts straight. This gives me the perfect opportunity to update the story. Mark, who works with willow, owns the house and wove the fence, so in effect it is the calling card for his trade. Since I took the last pictures, he has finished the fence very handsomely with a stripe of contrasting yellow willow along the top and put out a sign to advertise his business, Forest Willow. I hope he gets many commissions for his efforts.

forest willow business card

I am a great believer in traditional crafts and having learnt one myself years ago and been fortunate to have an apprenticeship.. I feel strongly about these old trades dying out.
If at least one country craft were made compulsary in schools we would have numerous skilled people like your local willow worker.Beautiful work.. I would love to have watched this being made..

P.s Do come along to the V & H fair in Chipping Sodbury next week if you can!

Comment by Michele 05.24.09 @ 4:29 pm