Travel to Boho and witness the disappearing art of the creel basket-maker.
The creel, known in Irish as cliabh (pronounced cleeve), was at one time an everyday item in Northern Irish homes. It was used for carrying goods such as turf, or seaweed, or loads to and from market. Here, Bernard ‘Brandy’ McManus transforms the willow, strand-by-strand, twist-by-twist into a tough, practical basket. Creel-making was time-consuming work, but satisfying too. Brandy stated that working and shaping the willow helped ease the arthritis in his hands.