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Living Willow Huts — Part 2

by Rusty Keeler
January/February 2008
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Since writing my article last year on living willow huts many people have contacted me with questions, suggestions, and pictures of their own willow hut creations. Because willow structures are so much fun for children and so many people have asked me how to build them, I decided that this issue’s article should be a step-by-step “how-to” guide on the basics of living willow hut construction. Now is the perfect time to start planning your project, because the best time to plant living willow is in the dormant season " before new leaves start to sprout.

While there certainly are time-tested techniques for building willow structures, the best advice I have is to experiment. I’ve seen yards in Europe hosting neat and proper willow tunnels with delicate curving lines and measured archway weavings. But I’ve also seen rowdy adventure playgrounds where kids over the years have haphazardly planted willow here and there and tied pieces together to form sculpture and houses with great success. Willow is vigorous growing and forgiving of tough treatment, so feel free to plant wildly and learn from your successes and mistakes.

While almost any type of willow can be used for your project, varieties of salix vimnalis ...

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