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LOUISE is best known to Country Workshops' students as our hostess, gardner and the cook who puts so many fine meals on our dining table. One of Louise's other interests -- going back over 30 years -- is making functional baskets. Louise started working with white oak splints and this may still be her favorite material. But finding suitable small oak trees is increasingly more difficult. About 10 years ago Louise began growing coppiced willows, with the idea of having a continual renewable supply. The willows are ready for harvest by their second year, and are cut annually after that. Because they are round instead of flat, weaving willow is very different than using splints. Her e-mail address is: langsner@countryworkshops.org


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Louise Langsner