I'll be honest: I do not know how to pronounce this word. But I do know that it is one of the most insane and useful products found in nature.


It's kind of eye-opening to realize just how many English surnames are connected to vocations related to sheep, and wool. Makes you think that it kinda musta been important.


The name "osier" refers to a number of species of willow tree that produce long, narrow, flexible branches that are especially valued in basket-making.  It can also refer to the branch itself (also called a "withy"). The best-known of the species is the common osier or basket willow (Salix viminalis). The common osier (Salix viminalis).... Continue Reading →


This is one of those many human inventions that you simply stare at open-mouthed and wonder: how did anyone ever think of that?


How would it feel to be able to build something that would last for a century of hard use? A wainwright knows...

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