Time: 10:30-4:30. Price: £85-£190.
It was basketry’s most famous weaver Joe Hogan, with his book Basketmaking in Ireland that brought the Irish potato basket back into everyday use in Ireland. Joe did a lot of research into traditional Irish baskets. One of them is the skib.
This most beautiful basket was used to strain and serve potatoes.
The potatoes were boiled in a big pot on the open fire, then strained outside through the skib. The basket was then brought inside and put on the table if the family had one. If not the skib would be put down on a stump of wood or the cooking pot, serving as a table essentially. The whole family would sit around and tuck in. This is one reason some of the skibs were so large. After the meal the basket was rinsed and hung on the outside wall to dry.
These extremely pretty baskets look amazing on a wall and make excellent serving platters. For beginners a standard Skib can be made in the 2 days. For those with more experience an inner compartment can also be added.
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