How the coffin is made

Our skilled basket weavers lovingly create beautiful hand woven willow coffins in our workshops at Ogmore by Sea and Caerphilly. We use a willow supplier based on the Somerset levels who provides us with a yearly sustainable source of willow.

The main type of willow used in our coffins is buff willow. The willow has its bark removed, which means it takes a shorter amount of time to soak to make it pliable to weave. White and dyed willow, used for the banding detail on our Daisy and Poppy range, has also had the bark removed.

Brown willow, used on our Daffodil range of coffins, retains it bark, which means it needs a longer amount of time to soak in water.

Our coffins have an 18mm plywood oval base into which we drill holes and attach the willow uprights of the coffin. Waling and French rand weaving techniques are used to build up the sides, and the top of the coffin is finished with a standard border. A plait border at the base of the coffin completes the main part of the coffin.

The next step is to build the lid to fit the shape of the coffin. We cut an oval, measured to the size of the coffin, from a section of pine, drill holes in the side and attach the willow to the lid into the holes. The lid is finished with a plait border to match the base of the coffin. We trim the ends of the willow to be sure of a neat finish, attach rope handles and sew into position. We cut a calico liner to match the shape of the base and lid and sewn into the coffin and lid. Toggles or ties are attached to the base and loops to the lid of the coffin to connect the lid to the base.

Making willow coffins in this way and using sustainable materials means the coffins are suitable for burial, cremation and green burial sites.

Weave with us

If time allows we can invite family members to help us with the coffin creation and personalisation through the inclusion of personal items into the weaving process.

Family members are welcome to visit us by prior arrangement to actively participate in weaving their chosen willow coffin and adding personal details.

A growing number of people today wish to plan their own funeral. If you want to make your own arrangements we can offer a service to help you design and weave your own coffin.


 
 

 
 


Weave with us

If time allows we can invite family members to help us with the coffin creation and personalisation through the inclusion of personal items into the weaving process.

Family members are welcome to visit us by prior arrangement to actively participate in weaving their chosen willow coffin and adding personal details.

A growing number of people today wish to plan their own funeral. If you want to make your own arrangements we can offer a service to help you design and weave your own coffin.