This is a bender frame made of hazel withies. Each rod was poked into the ground and bent over to twist around its opposite number in the shape of a dome. We built this little version to test the optimum diameter of hazel for flexibility and strength. Now we know which ones to pick out during coppicing. When we’ve built a good-sized bender we’ll cover it in tarp and use it as a rain shelter.
Gypsies traditionally erected benders as roadside shelters: