A word from the maker
In the year 2000, I embarked on a journey that would become Wyldwood Willow. Nestled in the enchanting landscapes of Monmouthshire, South Wales, I have spent over two decades cultivating my craft. Every year, I travel the UK, contributing to events and festivals with captivating workshops and willow weaving demonstrations.
But Wyldwood Willow is more than just a fleeting presence at these gatherings. It's a haven for those who seek the beauty of nature interwoven with human hands. Within the confines of my shop, you'll discover a world where willow reigns supreme. Each creation, lovingly handwoven by me, finds its purpose as a natural element for your home and garden.
My odyssey into the art of willow weaving began over two decades ago when a dear friend introduced me to the magic of crafting a frame basket. Yet, life can be a tapestry of light and shadow, and during those early years, I faced the heart-wrenching loss of my second child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In the midst of that grief, a profound decision was made with my then partner: to create a willow coffin for our precious child.
In the supple strands of willow, I found solace, purpose, and a calling. The ancient craft that had crossed my path became my refuge. It ignited a passion to share this timeless skill, and a determination to combat the pervasive scourge of plastic in our world. Thus, Wyldwood Willow blossomed into the thriving sanctuary it is today.
My vision is to carry forward the fading flame of willow weaving. In a world increasingly overrun by mass-produced plastic goods, I'm committed to preserving the centuries-old artistry of willow weaving. This vision extends beyond the confines of a single shop or a single artisan—it's about nurturing a community of like-minded individuals who understand the importance of handmade, sustainable, and beautiful creations.
As you journey through these pages, may you find inspiration in the natural elegance of willow, and the profound stories it weaves into the fabric of our lives. If there's anything I can assist you with, please don't hesitate to reach out. Together, we can continue to nurture the beauty of handcrafted wonders and protect our planet from the tide of plastic.
Why choose willow?
When you're in the market for unique, eco-friendly, and long-lasting home decor and crafts, willow products should be at the top of your list. Here's why you, should opt for willow.
Sustainability that matters
Make a conscious choice to look after our planet by purchasing willow products. Willow is a sustainable and renewable crop, responsibly harvested annually. Your decision to buy willow not only adds character to your space but also contributes to a greener world.
Amanda's willow comes from three plots of basket weaving varieties for colour and detail that she manages in Monmouthshire and a larger patch she manages in Hereford as well as supporting growers on the Somerset Levels at Musgroves Willows and The Willow and Wetlands Centre.
Willow is the embodiment of eco-friendly elegance. As it grows, it actively absorbs carbon from the atmosphere, making it the ultimate green product. By bringing willow into your home, you're not only beautifying your space but also playing a part in reducing your carbon footprint.
Embrace the diverse, natural colours of willow when you choose our products. At Wyldwood Willow, we cultivate and utilise 23 different varieties of willow, each offering a unique hue and texture. These colours are all-natural, adding an authentic touch to your living space.
When you invest in willow products, you're investing in durability and longevity. Willow's inherent robustness ensures that your chosen items will grace your home for years to come. Whether it's a woven basket, furniture, or decorative wall art, you can trust that your willow pieces will maintain their beauty and functionality.
By choosing willow products, you're not just making a purchase; you're making a statement. You're supporting sustainability, traditional crafts, embracing the beauty of nature, and bringing elegance and durability into your home. So, when you're looking for that perfect addition to your decor or a unique, lasting gift, choose willow.