French Willow Market Basket

One of the most traditional basket shapes, this shopper with its high sides and thick handle is sturdy and practical.  Use it for trips to the farmers market or in the potting shed and garden for storing and carrying tools. 

Norfolk Baskets are handmade by Adrian and Ruth Charlton in the Drodgone, France.  Adrian began making baskets in Norfolk, England in 1985 after learning the craft from Master Basketmaker, Terry Bensley. Trained in a wide range of traditional English basketry,  Adrian now teaches students and apprentices himself; his apprentice, Ruth, became his wife and together, they have over 50 years of experience in this ancient craft.  A few years ago they moved to France, where they grow 20 types of willow on their property.  Mixing their willow with varieties from Somerset, England and the Loire Valley, their baskets are truly unique works of art.

There is no mistaking the beauty of a basket made from a single pair of hands over those that are mass produced.  Strong and durable, made with a weave of different types of willow, they will last a  lifetime.

Approximately 16" long x 12" wide x 13.5" high *

Handwoven in France

* Due to their handmade nature, each basket will vary slightly in size and color

 

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