As my knowledge grows I am particularly enjoying repairing old baskets. I am really not at all tolerant of the throwaway culture we live in and the consequences of things like plastic on sea bird populations
This basket had been used to carry food to and from the allotment of its owner, until one day, the tea flask was just a little too heavy for the handle:
Having removed its lid and weaving down to the last wale, I replaced the stakes, rewove the top and border with new material and replaced the lid.
The description ‘wicker basket’ covers a multitude of variations on a theme. There are quite a few baskets doing the rounds, providing a carry service, that can be bought quite cheaply second hand at boot fairs, charity shops and the like, whilst I’d applaud reusing a basket; when it comes to mending some of them the cost of materials and, in particular, postage, far outweigh the intial outlay. I am always happy to advise on whether a basket can be repaired and give an estimate of cost and I do like to try and mend things, I’ve had a few referred to me recently where the potential cost was too discouraging, my advice has been to effect a repair with something like string if all that is needed is a cheap fix.
However, when it comes to transporting your tortoise in his favourite basket, well then clearly, money is no object.
This basket is one seen fairly regularly and much beloved by their owners, its not a shape I make (exactly) and the handles are not the strongest to start with, as a guide it is worth bearing in mind that this basket cost over £10 to post alone and then had the cost of replacing the entire handle and wrappings on top. Unless you live near to me (or it is your tortoises favourite basket) then the cost of repair should be carefully considered.
Picture courtesy of Tilly’s owner, he does look happy in it)
The lid featured here is from a washing basket that had been quite badly abused by someone dumping their work bag on top of it – regularly – the owner had repaired it with wire and sellotape but was delighted to discover that I could repair it, living not too far from me he entrusted the lid to me and was delighted with the result.
If you have a basket that has seen better days that you’d like repaired, send me a photo and some measurements, sometimes it isn’t possible to repair the basket but I many be able to recreate the basket from new material – don’t send it to landfill – get in touch!