Buff Willow for Basketry & Crafts
Buff willow is natural barked willow that has been processed by boiling in water for approximately 8 to 9 hours. The boiling process softens the bark to ease its removal and also changes the colour of the willow rod underneath to a warm buff or toffee colour. The bark is then stripped to leave a willow rod which is clean and smooth.
Buff willow requires only a short soaking time in cold water to become pliable again. Please refer to the individual lengths for further soaking information. Do this the night before it is required and then wrap in a wet blanket to mellow overnight for use the following day.