Thursday, April 30, 2015
Willow Lobster/Crab Traps as made in the UK called Withy Pots
"Withy" trap made for catching crabs in the UK.
Withy Pots are the East Devon Style from Budleigh Salterton in Devon, UK. Dave French's family has made them for generations.
Dave French making a Crab/Lobster Pot out of Willow. This type of pot is called a "Withy" Pot. He learned this craft from his grandfather. It is a dying art and virtually unknown in the USA. I have to say I am completely intrigued. My husband lobsters in Gloucester, MA with a non commercial license so I am familiar with lobstering. As a basket maker it seems like a possible fun project to try making one of two of these pots!
I met Dave French on a basket weavers group on Facebook. He sent me these photos. I am completely intrigued!