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
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: I am based in Nottinghamshire I prefer to undertake only LOCAL basket repairs due to difficulties I have encountered with postage and costs, please read the post below for more details. I’m becoming increasingly aware that I have a good google factor, I’ve just waded through over 30 emails some of which were about basket repairs, many asking ‘where are you based?’ And a huge number were spam. I am a company of one making baskets and occasionally reapiring them. I always try to respond but it isn’t always possible, can I suggest you put into your search engine ‘basket repairs’ and the area you live in, nearest town/city. Or you could try contacting the Basketmakers Association for advice. Try as I might I can’t meet the nation’s basket repair needs – sorry!
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.
Local Repair stories:
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.
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.
Non Local rarities that I have undertaken:
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)