A Sussex Trug is a type of basket, which is made from chestnut and willow.
They were brought to public attention by Thomas Smith of Herstmonceux who
displayed his trugs at the Great Exhibition of 1851. The name Trug comes
from the Anglo Saxon "trog" a wooden boat shaped vessel.
The trugs are made by cutting the handle and rim from sweet chestnut
using a cleaving axe. A drawknife is then used to remove any splinters
and to smooth the wood. The wood is then bent round a former to create
the shape. The next step is to cut wide strips of willow, which are
soaked in water then nailed onto the handle and rim.
Sussex trugs were originally farming implements, being used for the
measurement of grain or animal feed. They are now used exclusively
as gardening or as gardening related containers. Their uses include
collecting weeds, harvesting garden produce, or for displaying fruit
, vegetables or flowers.