The Art of The Creel

The Art of The Creel

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Details

Location

Boho

Year

1974

Source

Format

Super 8

colour

Length

03min 14sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, Michael McGirr, Victor McManus

Rights Holder

Michael McGirr

Description

Weave and twist and master the techniques of traditional Irish craft in this introduction to the wonderful world of willow weaving.

The creel basket is a symbol of Irish craft. In this film, Bernard ‘Brandy’ McManus, a proponent of this ancient skill, demonstrates the ways of the willow basket weaver. Unlike other forms of woven basket, Brandy shows how the creel was made upside down, the strong and flexible willow being bent into place, creating a durable, yet elegant basket that was often used for carrying turf, or logs.


 

Notes

Traditionally used in the west of Ireland, creel baskets come in a variety of styles and sizes. These creels were commonly used for carrying peat fuel by hand, but could also be hitched to a pony or donkey.

Credits

Featuring Bernard 'Brandy' McManus

Footage supplied by  Victor McManus

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

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