A week ago, I cut three willow branches and brought them into the house and placed them in water. As you can see, leaves are now appearing. In a few days, when the leaves are fully out, these willow whips will be ready for stripping. Outside, this process is much slower. I am somewhat impatient as I want to begin stripping the willow to produce the beautiful while willow whips I use in making rib basket ribs. I have the grapevine hoops ready from last Fall's crop as well as flat rattan cane and seagrass ready as weavers. It will be a couple of weeks or more before I can begin. Come on, spring.