Trugs are traditional baskets used to carry various crops so that they are not squashed in transit.
Anything that can be dried and bent can be used, In line with the tradition of using whatever is available, Nige has made his from local wood
They were intended, in the C18h to carry flowers with long stems for dispays, but are now also useful at the allotment to carry crops of vegetables such as runner or kidney beans, rhubarb, kale, brussels sprouts, sweetcorn etc.
The Walnut Wood comes from a dealer who was unable to sell it whole because it still contained the heartwood ie, the centre of the trunk; which is not solid but rather fibrous (because it’s how and where the tree takes up water.) Nige has removed this and cut the rest of the trunk into slim planks in order to get the slight curve needed.
These particular trugs have been stained yellow using the natural dye from turmeric. All of the trugs have been treated with Danish oil to waterproof them.