Thursday 29 November 2018

Traditional Oak Swill Baskets on Backsbottom Farm

If you find yourself going across the footbridge from Roeburnscar, just up the steps on the right is a tumble down wooden shed. This used to be  the oak swill basket workshop built by our friend Stella: a multi talented woman who was a builder, basket maker and woodswoman. Here is the video of her making swills in the shed with Jack Singleton from Wray village, who made swills all his life and passed on his skills to Stella. We have decided to keep the shed as one day it will be rebuilt on the same site.

Wednesday 28 November 2018