"Of course you could choose a woodland burial in a willow coffin and so become a tree"
– David Bellamy in the foreword to Kate Lynch's book ‘Willow' - www.katelynch.co.uk

Making Willow Coffins

Rustling Trees Willow Coffins are not just environmentally-friendly. They are thoughtfully and individually made; the simplicity of the material is reflected in the design, to produce something both elegant and robust, functional yet natural in appearance.

The willow, grown in the Welsh and English countryside, is carefully selected and skilfully woven. Only a few simple handtools are used.

Each coffin is unique and your own special requirements can be provided for with regard to colour, fastenings, handles, and attachments for flowers and other decorations. For a truly rustic look, willow with the bark on is an option, or for a golden sheen choose stripped ‘buff' willow. White or dark willow may be used for details. Our coffins have sturdy woven bases and strong rope and hazel handles.

Pippa has been a willow basketmaker since 1987, is a member of the Basketmakers' Association, and has been making coffins since 2005.

Rob is a lifelong woodworker. For coffin handles and nameplates he uses hazel, blackthorn and rowan foraged from the hedgerows and woods.

Our workshops are at home surrounded by the peaceful hills of Mid-Wales. You will have personal, friendly and sympathetic contact with us. We welcome visitors by arrangement and it may be possible to arrange your participation in the making of the coffin.

Contact: Pippa Scott and Rob Ritchie
Telephone: 01686 420423
Web: www.willowcoffinswales.co.uk
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"....it felt good that the coffin was specially made for him..."