How Our Coffins Are Made
The sets are the off-cuts of living willow and are hand planted into the ground during February and March. Once planted the willow crown (root) can last up to 60 years and so the planted ground becomes a willow bed for this length of time.
The willow is ready to be harvested in the winter months once the leaves have fallen and the willow has become dormant. It is then harvested using minimal machine processing and is tied into bundles ready to be sorted back at the farm.
Once at the farm the willow is sorted into sizes and depending on the colour and type of willow required, it is boiled and its bark stripped ready for weaving.
The willow is then left to dry before being re-bundled ready to be taken to the workshops, ready for weaving.
Before willow can be woven it needs to be soaked in water tanks to make it soft and pliable. Once soaked, the first thing to be made is the base of the coffin. This is then staked up, as you see in the picture, once staked it is ready for weaving.
The coffin is now woven from bottom to top and is finished with a woven border. This weave is called a randed weave.
Three handles are then woven onto each side of the coffin. We can weave a number of different colours to personalise a coffin as well as customised willow symbols. Coloured bands can also be woven to match the handles.
The lid is then measured and woven to fit the coffin. If the coffin is a traditional shape a decorative plait is woven around the lid to finish and if it is a curved end coffin it has cane hinges and is fastened with cane rods and loops.
The coffin is then finished with our company badge, a natural cotton liner and an oak nameplate along with any other request.