How To Make A Traditional Crab Pot From Willow

Retired fisherman David Harrison shows how to make a traditional pot for catching crabs or lobsters.

David uses willow wands he has harvested.

This style of pot is sometimes referred to as an “inkpot” lobster or crap trap. It’s almost certain this techique goes back longer than actual inkpots.

Noone is quite sure where the technique originated but they have been used traditionally off the coast of Devon and Cornwall for many generations.

In this video, filmed in St. Ives, Cornwall, David’s deft hands make this tradtional craft look easy.

This demonstration is particularly valuable as David is not just a basket-maker, he is also a fisherman, with all this combined knowledge and insight applied to making these tradtional food-gathering devices.

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