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Norfolk Basket Company
Norwich, North Norfolk

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Having first started making willow baskets in 1985 i have a wealth of experience in the field. I have also been running basket making courses since 1989 and our current business The Norfolk Basket Company is run by myself and my wife Ruth Kidd.

My interest in the craft was initially sparked by coming across an old basketmaker at Fakenham market in Norfolk. I was intrigued by the vast variety of baskets, all with different names and uses. I was looking for a way out of my job working on North Sea oil rigs and within a couple of months, helped with a grant from the Rural Development Commission I found myself apprenticed to Terry Bensley in Great Yarmouth. Terry, now retired was a Master Basketmaker and taught me a full range of traditional English willow basketry from small fruit pickers to willow furniture. Ruth became my apprentice in 1997 and we have worked together ever since.

We have continually sought to expand and refine our quality willow baskets. Our range currently includes picnic hampers, shopping baskets, log baskets, mushroom foragers, toy baskets, vegetable gatherers, linen trunks, bread baskets, fruit baskets, herring crans, flower baskets, Irish potato skibs, peg and egg baskets, apple cobs, blackberry pickers, bike baskets, letter trays, shopping trolleys, kitchen baskets, butcher and baker trade baskets, ali baba baskets, eel traps, fishing creels, willow and hazel backpacks, Perigourdins, willow cribs, tension trays, wet and dry washing baskets, Provencal cheese trays, pottager’s trugs and many more.

Together we cultivate around forty varieties of willows on our three willow beds in Norfolk.

 

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Norfolk Basket Company
1 Hall Cottages
Wood Lane, Burgh-next-Aylsham
Norwich
Norfolk
NR11 6TD
01263 734585
 

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