Do it like this.
With his left hand, hold the scissors, the end of which is stuck into the ground or
into the hole in the board.
Putting the rod into the scrambler, slightly squeeze it and, pulling, peel off the bark.
If necessary, this operation is repeated.
Do not squeeze the scrambler very much, as it can crush the rod
or scratch it.
Unkeeled willow rods after storage must be revived before cleaning: boil in water or steamed for about 30-40 minutes.
In the spring, artificial recovery is also carried out outdoors
in warm weather.
This is done in a pond with a depth of 10-15 cm or in a bath (preferably with running water). The bottom of the reservoir should be sandy.
Loosely tied in bunches for 2 - 3 weeks set
thick ends into the water.
After this, the bark is easily removed.
Peeled rods are laid out in a thin layer to dry on trellised
flooring or placed vertically near crossbars or poles.
It is best to dry the willow rods in the air, then the wood not only
dries quickly (no more than two days), but is also bleached under the action of sunlight.
In rainy weather, the twigs are dried under a canopy, in autumn and winter - in closed heated rooms with good ventilation.
From time to time the bars must be turned over.
After drying, the rods are sorted by size (length, thickness) and bundled. It is enough for a beginner to prepare 1500-2000 rods.
Before weaving, in order to give the rods good elasticity and flexibility, they must first be moistened by placing them in water at room
temperature for some time and then in a plastic bag for 8-10 hours.
In the process, wet willow must maintain the required flexibility. Therefore, they must be kept wrapped in a wet thick cloth that
retains moisture well.
At the end of work, unused rods should be dried,
otherwise they may darken.
It is recommended to prepare only the number of rods necessary for work.
Tapes for weaving are made from annual willow twigs 4 - 8 mm thick.
You can also use the twigs of bird cherry, mountain ash, buckthorn and some
First, a tire is produced from a rod, splitting it into three or four parts
using splintering (see fig.).