I purchased the plans to construct The Garden Coop more than a year ago but have not yet had the chance to build it, due to unexpectedly finding myself living in an apartment in the city. (Won't fit on my deck; I tried. ) With plans for a house this spring, I am gearing up for the build. I am reluctant to shell out the cash for all that hardware cloth though (3+ rolls) and very much excited by the idea of using natural fencing made from woven willow or similar strong materials. With my animals' security being more important than money however, I'm fully aware that this needs to be done carefully. I've done some research online and found some images that show what I'm thinking about. My idea is to make 3' x 3' square panels, weaving the willow with precision, making the strands one inch apart, going in both horizontal and vertical directions in order to leave one inch squares between for visibility. The ends would be sandwiched securely between two pieces of board screwed together. It seems like this would actually be stronger than simple wire, even the hardware cloth sort. And with it being in small panels like that, it would easier to find the willow switches in quantity and in the right thickness for the kind of precision and regularity I'm looking for. Obviously, this is a lot more work than simply stapling down wire and calling it a day but I think it would make for a really special final product. I could even compromise a bit and use the hardware cloth on the lower three feet of the coop all around, just to be on the safe side, and use the willow higher up. I would love some opinions on this idea! Or better yet, hear from anyone who's ever done this or seen it done. Thanks!