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Wickerman's arch is fit for a queen

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

By Kit Sandeman

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BLITHFIELD willow weaver Eddie Glew has been working to install a series of arches for the Queen at Widnsor Castle.

Working as part of a team of eight weavers and volunteers to create the installation, this is the latest in a long line of off-the-wall work.

Eddie, who has worked with willow since 2009 said: "I'm really proud to have been involved in this project. I think it's great that we have a chance to show what can be done with natural materials.

"I feel extremely privileged and proud to follow in my father's footsteps."

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Eddie's father taught him many of the weaving skills he now uses, and he remains a huge inspiration in Eddie's passion for willow.

"There aren't many people who work with willow these days.

"It feels great to be contributing towards keeping this tradition alive.

"A hidden-away corner of Staffordshire is the ideal base for my quest to rejuvenate British basket making!"

As well as producing commissions, Eddie runs dozens of workshops throughout the year to help people get involved in the ancient art of basket making. He's taught all ages from Women's Institutes to Girl Guides and he says this is the most rewarding part of his work.

Eddie has also enjoyed his time in the limelight, featuring on Channel 4's Kirsty's Vintage Home and Kirsty's Handmade Home.

Anyone interested in finding out more about willow weaving can visitwww.BlithfieldWillowcrafts.co.uk

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