View Full Version : help with making a creel

01-17-2011, 11:59 AM
I'm an art teacher and in the back of my mind I've been wanting to make myself a usable creel. I wasn't trained in weaving or basketry, so it's a little out of my element.

Could I recycle a wicker basket or would the wicker fall apart with moisture?

What materials might be best for this?

I've looked online but haven't really found much that pleases me.

01-17-2011, 12:27 PM
I think the baskets would already be varnished and, therefore, harder to work with. You need the raw reeds to work with, form, and dry then you coat it with the sealant.
This would start you off but you'll need to experiment with your own shapes until you perfect it:

Jim Casada
01-17-2011, 07:20 PM
jross--Have your considered making a creel from birch or beech bark? I've seen some pretty neat ones over the years, and I suspect some Internet searching would produce a "recipe" for construction. It might be quite a bit easier than constructing a wicker one.
Jim Casada
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01-17-2011, 10:46 PM
Well, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to use. In these parts I can get river birch easy enough, but beech is pretty scarce.

I just assumed wicker was best for "breathability".

Will any young shoots work well? I can get silver maple pretty easy also.

01-18-2011, 09:33 AM
Willow should work, but you are going to have to wait a few months for the branches.

Jim Casada
01-18-2011, 12:59 PM
jross--Obviously bark isn't going to breathe as well, but a bed of moss in the creel (just be sure you don't harvest it in the Park), with an occasional dipping of the creel in the creek, should keep trout fresh for hours.
Jim Casada
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