Eel traps

Very few willow eel traps still in use today but beautiful objects to look at and the making of them is a dying art. 

 

They tend to be about 3ft tall and can take many shapes, although the method of trapping is similar for each design.  The eel slithers its way up through the bottom, can't get out again because of internal sharp stick ends blocking the entrance and is trapped until the eel catcher hawls the trap out of the water and removes the bung from the opening at the top and tips it out.