Some of humans’ earliest manufactured items may have been made from willow.
A fishing net made from willow dates back to 8300 BC.
Basic crafts, such as baskets, fish traps, wattle fences and wattle and daub house walls, were often woven from osiers or withies.
One of the forms of Welsh coracle boat traditionally uses willow in the framework.
Thin or split willow rods can be woven into wicker, which also has a long history.
The relatively pliable willow is less likely to split while being woven than many other woods, and can be bent around sharp corners in basketry.
Willow wood is also used in the manufacture of;
- cricket bats
- cradle boards
- chairs and other furniture
- sweat lodges
- tool handles
In addition, tannin, fibre, paper, rope and string can be produced from the wood.
Willow is also used in the manufacture of double basses for backs, sides and linings, and in making splines and blocks for bass repair. (source)
So can hamster eat willow at all to grind their teeth on?
Yes they can eat willow because of its non-toxic nature, it is find for them to eat and chew on.
They will find it very beneficial to grind their teeth on it
However, keep them away from white willow which is not so good for them.
Also, willow that it taken from outside in the wild is not good to be given to them. It may contain harmful bacteria on it.
It is much better to give them willow which has been stored inside.