I am still thinking about willows. This spring I plan to make dried willow plant supports on which I will grow sweet peas, string beans, broad beans and possibly peas.
There are two books that I recommend on willow structures. The first is in German named Das Weidenbaubuch by Marcel Kalberer & Micky Remann. This book shows the giant, and I mean giant, willow structures. It is very inspiring to see just how large of a structure you can build. The designs are magical and unlike anything I have ever seen.
The second book: Living Willow Sculpture by Jon Warnes who lives in Suffolk, England where he teaches willow making. This is a slim book full of projects that shows clearly how to make willow furniture and small willow structures including domes, fences, tunnels, arbors, and bowers. Its very hands on and practical-this book will give you the confidence to start a small project and build from there.
If you’re interested in the subject of willows, a good reference book is Willows –The Genus Salix by Christopher Newsholme. If any of you have any other books you would like to recommend on the genus salix please let me know.