Willow

Willow is a remarkable plant that has been extremely important in the story of the human development.  It can be coppiced or pollarded very successfully and for this reason it provides an amazingly useful bounty of straight flexible rods that can be used for making innumerable purposeful objects like baskets, platters, fishing nets, pots, screens, wattle and daub building methods etc.  The different varieties available provide a number of colours that can be woven together aesthetically in projects.  The thin rods can be used to make artist's charcoal.  The bark can be stripped and boiled with wood ash to make lye. The coppicing of willow can provide permanent supplies of sustainable firewood. Also well known is that Aspirin is derived from 'Salicin' in the leaves of the plant and it was widely used in various ancient cultures to cure pain. A seasonal approach to working with willow is shown below.

 

Medium Term Plan Examples

Making a Willow Bed

Making Artist Charcoal From Willow

 

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