Making a Lobster Pot in Pictures Part 2

The second part of the blog shows how the lobster pot gets its rounded shape. We have now pulled the structure from the ground and flipped it over. The tying up of the long stakes is crucial for shaping the pot. A clove hitch is the best knot for securing the stakes so they do not loosen while weaving. The more we play about at this stage to get the shape the better it turns out. Now we can work sitting in a low chair with the pot on our lap, much more comfortable!

The mouth stakes have been pulled out of the ground, the whole structure turned over and each opposite pair of long stakes brought up to form a bulbous shape and tied.
The mouth stakes have been pulled out of the ground, the whole structure turned over and each opposite pair of long stakes brought up to form a bulbous shape and tied.
A central rope is secured on a piece of wood through the mouth to compress the globe shape even further
A central rope is secured on a piece of wood through the mouth to compress the globe shape even further
Perched on and controlled by the knees, weaving commences
Perched on and controlled by the knees, weaving commences
The knot weave used here is best described as a double pairing, where each weaver of the pair is woven individually. It is very strong and I find it easier than fitching which is the other weave used on lobster pots common  in Cornwall and Devon.
The knot weave used here is best described as a double pairing, where each weaver of the pair is woven individually. It is very strong and I find it easier than fitching which is the other weave used on lobster pots common in Cornwall and Devon.
The lobster pot grows, the knot weave spirals around, making sure the gap between each layer is no more than 2 inches. Dont want the lobster escaping.
The lobster pot grows, the knot weave spirals around, making sure the gap between each layer is no more than 2 inches. Dont want the lobster escaping.
Siding is completed by weaving two layers of knot weave one on top of the next (no gap), to create a strong top edge
Siding is completed by weaving two layers of knot weave one on top of the next (no gap), to create a strong top edge

Part three will show how to turn down the base.

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