Nettle cord on a willow fish trap Splitting willow into three ribbons using a boxwood cleave Weave a fish trap workshop Weaving a fish trap Willow fish trap Finished fish trap

Weave a Willow Fish Trap

Woven fish traps made entirely from pliable plants such as willow, hazel and even brambles have been used to great effect for thousands of years all around the world, ancient examples sometimes turning up almost intact, buried in mudflats and dry stream beds, preserved like little time capsules.

Their rigid, woven construction has the advantage of letting the water flow naturally through the fitched weave whilst the natural materials blend in perfectly amongst the reeds and other aquatic vegetation. A funnelling opening is woven separately and held in place with cordage, to be easily removed when extracting your days catch.

We’ll use willow to weave your fish trap during this one day workshop. The age old construction and techniques you’ll learn while weaving can be applied to other natural materials and weaving projects too – another string to your bow.

All materials and tools you’ll need are provided, along with hot drinks and snacks (but please bring some lunch).

This workshop can be booked as private training for groups of two or more people. Please get in touch to choose your own date


Weave a Willow Fish Trap

Weave a Willow Fish Trap

1 Day

Start 09.00

Finish 17.00

£110 per person (minimum of 2 people required to book)

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