This is my first attempt to make a Trivet which is like a pot-holder for hot things. Anything I can learn that will help me with my ‘survival’ plans is on the agenda. Having a unique conversation piece on my table makes it fun too.
The willows need to be fine and straight. They should also be picked just before use and kept in a bucket of water so that they stay wet and pliable. Mine weren’t all that supple so I had a tough time to get the thick ones to bend and not crack.
Continue in a circular pattern until this willow runs out. Start another willow by tucking and weaving. The circle gets larger and larger. At the end I opted to try to wrap the ends of the original, larger 12 willow ends into the design. That didn’t work so well and the circular shape went out of balance. I would rather tie the last row in with sinew and just slice of the bigger ends at a blunt angle. To make a basket just turn the original 6 stems upwards at a 90 degree angle to the flat plate-like piece you’ve already started – and keep wrapping into a basket shape.
Oh well… it was rustic anyways.
The nice part of something that looks a bit corny is the moment a hot pot rests upon the flat Trivet and exudes that bitter, willowy, ‘outdoorsy’ fragrance throughout your kitchen. If you want to present an outback theme for dinner this would add a nice touch. I love the smell of willow…burnt or not.