4FT Green (Fresh Cut) Black Maul Willow Rods
- Product Code: 100303
Number of rods per KG - 85
The highest quality basketry willow and the most common basketry willow grown in Somerset. This willow has been scientifically proven to be the best workable willow for most types of basketry. A green-stemmed rod with almond shaped leaves. It can grow up to 2.75m (9ft long). It can be boiled and stripped for buff rods, stripped of its bark when in full leaf for white willow and steamed in the boiler to give a black colour to its bark. Unfortunately, Black Maul is susceptible to a fungus called rust and insect damage. Not recommended for living willow projects.
Why is willow sold by weight? How many rods will I receive?
Delivery companies these days charge for sending items through
their networks either by item weight and/ or dimension (size).
When tying up any willow orders, either for shipping through the courier network or for collection from the farm we accurately weigh out the willow rods from 1kg, 5kg, 10kg etc. Our machines are regularly calibrated and certified to be accurate. The number of rods within each of these weights is always approximate and cannot be guaranteed; only the weight of an item can be guaranteed.
Historically willow bundles were tied up by a measurement of 1 foot
in diameter and 3 foot 1 inch - 3 foot 2 inches in circumference around the
butt end, the base of the bundle. The number of willow rods contained within
these bundles would vary depending on the thickness of the willow, whether the
rods had come from on old withy bed or a new one where they may grow thicker
and sleeker. This is still true today.
At each new cutting season, we tie up a number of Traditional
bundles of willow of all the varieties we sell, green willow, buff, brown etc.
, weigh them and count the number of rods contained within those bundles. We
then take an average weight and approx. number of rods per bundle for our
records and use these as a guideline throughout the year. This helps people who
do not know how much they are purchasing what they are likely to receive from
You will always receive an exact amount of weight of willow and NOT an exact amount of rods per bundle that you purchase.
If the number of rods you need is critical we advise that you order more than is required to allow for variances’ in growth and thickness of the willow and in case of breakages during your project.