You asked> Does anyone know what they make these dang things out of for the
reconstructed sites and such?
It is my impression that withies were grown in a coppice where the stumps were regularly trimmed so they would sucker and grow more withies for cooping, wattling, and the like.See http://www.coppice.org.uk/background.htm
for details or the following for generality:
with·y (w, wth)
1. Made of or as flexible as withes; tough.
2. Wiry and agile.
n. pl. with·ies
1. A rope or band made of withes.
a. A long flexible twig, as that of an osier.
b. A tree or shrub having such twigs.
[withe + -y. N., from Middle English withye, willow branch, from Old English wthig, willow; see wei- in Indo-European roots.]
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Yours Faithfully,Friar Jak
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