Willow wood is domestic wood that is used for centuries in the European tradition of willow weaving with sticks and twigs. The oldest remains of woven walls or fences date from about 3000 BC. At that time, woven walls of houses were plastered with clay, resulting in a draught free house. Willow wood was cheap building material, that could be found everywhere.
The wood is very flexible and - once dried - very tough. That is why the willow twigs will be woven directly after cutting from the trees. The twigs are green when they are woven, and will turn into red, green, brown and other colors after drying, giving the woven walls and fences "living" effect.
Van Aalsburg uses the osier Salix Viminalis for this weaving, because it has the best features and sustainability for this application. Supplying other willow types is also possible; our weaving willows are all cultivated and specially sorted out in our own plantations. These plantations are located in the area called the Betuwe, and cover about 248 acre.
Applications with fresh willow twigs
The willow fences have a natural look, are environment friendly and fit in almost any setting. Two- or three year twigs are woven around the ground poles - mostly chestnut ground poles having a durability of 15 to 20 years. One can also opt for willow ground poles which will sprout with young leaves and twigs. Maintaining this fence needs sufficient water supply and - during wintertime - cutting or weaving the young twigs. This woven fence with willow ground poles will have a durability of 8 to 10 years. Because of the flexibility of fresh willow twigs, they can be woven into various shapes: curves and great heights can be woven without any problem.
Van Aalsburg can also provide standard sized, wood framed willow fences. Obviously in less dimensions than the custom made fences, but still in many sizes.
Other fresh willow twig and brushwood applications that we provide are:
- Woven willow fences, custom made and woven on site
- Willow wood banks / sound barriers
- Brushwood screens or fences with wooden frame
- Brushwood cultivation trays (for growing fruit, vegetables or flowers)
- Brushwood waist container covers (to place garbage containers out of sight)
- Wicker garden benches
- Willow revetments or wattle fences
- Willow play- & garden homes
Do you prefer to weave your own willow fence? Van Aalsburg can supply the chestnut or willow ground poles and the weaving willow, ánd the necessary instructions to build your own natural fence. Contact us for more information about this ancient craft that we practice with passion and about which we gladly share our knowledge and experience with you.