Braided fish corral. Part 1

Braided fish corral Often the angler faces the need for a chair to sit on the shore and in the catch cage. As it turns out, these two subjects can be effectively combined into one. This series of posts about the self-made wicker cages. We will begin with a description of what we want to receive from the preparation of materials.

Once, when I was a child, I became interested in weaving baskets. And the idea to weave a basket-cage came by itself, when my chair was covered and the old mesh cage was completely rotted :).

I sometimes saw cages of different designs from willow vines from other anglers. In these cages is well preserved catch, even in the heat. The wicker garden from the vine is light and practical. In addition, with some skill, it can be made independently. It will take 2-3 days and will not cost a penny.

Collecting willows in winter

The basis for weaving, will be a willow vine of different sections. Top, plywood lid. Also, the cage is supplied with a strap, for carrying over the shoulder. We will weave, starting with the hoop (the top of the basket). On the stages and techniques of weaving, I will tell in the next posts of this series, and now – on the vine.

Collecting the vines in winter We will harvest the vine in late autumn or winter. At this time, the vine, though not very well cleared of the bark, but – does not break. For the industrial production of baskets collection is carried out in the spring, but this is not our case. There is supposed special treatment, digestion of the vines, in a word, this is not for amateurs. As we are with you. Besides, what a good winter, it’s because the ponds and swamps are frozen. Hence, you can get to those places rich in excellent vine, which in summer just do not climb … :).

I must say that our land is marshy, willow grows in abundance, so that you can get material for weaving without problems. Otherwise, rivers and marshy lakes are found in many localities. So, there is no problem with the vine.

So, go for the vine. What exactly are we interested in? The hoop and pillar stands are made of fairly thick willow stems with a green or gray-green, slightly flaky bark. This kind of willow is the most pliable. Immediately for weaving we will take long even stems of the vine this year (without branches). With red, yellowish or green bark. Before you cut the vine, you can try to bend some twig. If it does not break with a bend under 90 degrees. – Should come.

For the hoop you need to cut 3-4 stems, a diameter of 1.5-2 cm and a length of up to 2 m. Why 3-4 pieces? Yes, not always a hoop will be made from the first attempt – something can break. We need a stock. And so – in all. On the racks you need to take 20-30 rods from the same vine, but thinner – 0.8-1 cm in a lump and a length of 1-1.2 m. When choosing wicker for weaving, everything is simpler: the longer, the more smooth and pliable the better! The diameter of the main vine should be about 0.4-0.6 cm. And for braiding the bottom of the sink, it is worth taking a couple of dozen sugars thinner.

Cut the vine need a sharp, powerful knife – one sharp movement, at an angle. I think it makes no sense to explain that it is necessary to cut as much as possible under the base. The collected vine is tied in bundles. So, going for the material – grab a few ropes.

In the next posts, we will begin the direct weaving of the cage.

Part 2.

Part 3.