Knotting willow

Today, with the cold weather back, we started to think about how we are going to attach the roof structure to building 547. We are going to attempt to do this without any modern cordage, so we were shown how to make ‘rose’ knots using a willow withy. This was followed by a few hours of practice and it soon became clear that, like many practical skills, it isn’t as easy as some people make it look.

Rose knots formed from willow.

Rose knots formed from willow.

Experiments are still continuing on how to construct building 848, with another different type of structure being built. This one has four main rafters connected at the top with intermediate hazel poles laid in to create rounded ends.

Another test structure for building 848.

Another test structure for building 848.

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One thought on “Knotting willow

  1. Those rose knots made from willow are beautiful. Maybe they could be used in a decorative as well as a functional way on the building? Maybe they could be grouped in repeating patterns? I wouldn’t put it past ancient peoples to do something like that.

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