How to get willow vines for weaving baskets and furniture?
Suitable for weaving various products of the vine are obtained from annual or biennial shoots of willow. The best period of the workpiece is considered spring, August, December and January. Cut in this time, the bars well eskoriatza, they are flexible, durable. If the product you need to adorn an openwork weaving, using thin branches, which are harvested exclusively in spring with the start of active SAP flow in willow.
Vine for weaving baskets and furniture should be long enough (70-100 cm), straight, flexible, having a minimum taper. That is, the diameter of the butt must be little different from the diameter of the upper part of the rod. On average, its cross section is 5-6 mm. For the manufacture of hoops baskets and furniture frame to take the rods with diameter of 10-20 mm. I think the Best branches, which surface after sanding smooth and shiny.
But the main indicator of the quality of vines – of its core. The best is the one in which it is thin. To perform high-quality sanding vine boil in special tanks. Then it is dried and sorted. For the manufacture of fine jewelry vine split into 2-3 parts special kalencom. This job requires a certain skill that comes with experience. Further, the rods are stored where they will not get wet and not dirty. Then start manufacturing the product.
For weaving baskets and furniture is often used rattan. The so-called vine that grows in the tropics. The length of its stem can reach a quarter mile. Therefore, rattan is one of the longest plants in the world. It is smooth, flexible and without knots, with a solid core. All this makes rattan is the best choice for weaving furniture. It is suitable for the manufacture of smaller products. Harvesting this material for weaving furniture produced year-round.
Material for weaving is harvested, cut into bars of desired length and boil them in large containers. To get white rattan, it boiled for hours. So rod purchased the darker shade, enough two hours. If you need dark brown rattan, it is boiled for at least 4 hours. Further, the rods are removed and sanded while they're hot. To do this, use gloves made of coarse cloth or a special tool: split. After every split rod, using the same kolonok, as in the manufacture of willow stems. So the rattan becomes marketable.