Portuguese goods curated by Pedro da Costa Felgueiras

Chestnut Swill Log Basket Small


Perfect for logs, these baskets, made by weaving thin strips of coppiced chestnut are very strong and heavy duty. They were first made to carry coal or to be used during the harvest of root crops and chestnuts, and even sometimes used as cradles.

Our ‘Swiller’ first gathers the coppiced chestnut sticks from the nearby woods. Then they are buried in the ground for two to three months. This process means that the wood is no longer green and growing. After this, the long sticks are burnt in an almost prehistoric contraption, on four stones and two sticks using the by-product wooden shavings from his workshop floor as fuel. After this process, the chestnut is then immersed in a water tank fed from cold fresh spring water originating in the close mountain range. After three weeks, the bark can finally be peeled off down to the bare timber. The basket weaver still has to split and shave the sticks into thin slivers by using another ancient homemade device. But before that, he has  to immerse  the wood slivers in this massive old granite wine press in his workshop to render them flexible so that they can be shaped into these handsome chestnut swill wooden baskets.

Dimensions (L x W x H):
(aprox.) 500 x 400 x 330 mm

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