Making a Willow Lobster Pot in Pictures

We attend a Bushmoot every year and teach the good people a number of skill workshops. Last year I was asked if I knew how to make a lobster pot. I researched lobster pots, talked to my basketry friends and decided on making a creel type lobster pot as described in Joe Hogan’s book ‘Basket making in Ireland’. An unusual book in that it describes the cultural history of the baskets and follows with a technical ‘how to’ section. I know how to make the irish creel, and have taught this for a few years now, The Connemara pot uses many of the same weaves and techniques. For one it uses the double pairing knot weave used on the side walls of the creel and secondly the stakes are knocked down to form the base. The biggest job is getting the shape.  So this year I will be teaching how to make the North Connemara creel type lobster pot to the bush-mooters. Of course there are not many lobsters in the sea anymore, but once you get the techniques you can increase the ‘mouth size’ and catch crabs as well. I think it is a beautiful thing in its own right. Certainly there is much to be said for a pot that is biodegradable and does not use plastic or wire which ends up on our shores and in the stomachs of sea-life.

There will be three parts to this ‘make a lobster pot by pictures blog’, here is part 1

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Eight 8ft stakes are placed in the ground forming a circle.
The sides are paired to create a 'mouth'
The sides are paired to create a ‘mouth’
Eight more stakes are inserted in the the left of each of the original eight stakes. The stakes are then brought down horizontal, and secured by digging into the soil.
Eight more stakes are inserted into the left of each of the original eight stakes. The stakes are then brought down horizontal, and secured by digging into the soil.
The pairing weave begins at the mouth of the pot.
The pairing weave begins at the mouth of the pot.
The weave opens out the stakes.
The weave opens out the stakes.
Twelve more stakes are added to make c.28
Twelve more stakes are added to make c.28
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