I first saw barbwire baskets at the Winter Fair in Bozeman, Montana many years ago. I had some experience with willow basketry already, so it was easy to switch over to the new materials. As soon as I had the chance, I made several baskets for Christmas presents. Barbwire baskets are really nice garden baskets when lined with moss or fibers and filled with potting soil for flowers. The planted baskets can be placed on the ground or hung from a sturdy support.
If you have done any basketry before, then I highly recommend you try making your own barbwire baskets. In many ways barbwire is easier to work with than natural materials, because the wires are uniform in diameter, without tapering, and as long as you like. Also, the barbed wire can be bent into any shape and it will stay that way without snapping back. You can even get out the hammer and beat on the basket if you want to reshape a section! However, you do have to wear gloves, and a pair of fencing pliers or bolt cutters is a must for this kind of work.
The baskets we sell (shown below) are made in a different style, with the barbwire wrapped around a wire basket frame, rather than woven. The look is similar to woven baskets, but it costs a lot less time to produce. The baskets are inches in diameter, hand-crafted from recycled rusty barbed wire by artisan Camille Crites of Texas. Each basket comes with a coconut fiber liner, ready for soil and flowers.
-Barbwire Baskets are shipped Parcel Post (by ground) not Priority Mail (by air).-