11″ x 14″ x 10″
Carved, whittled, woven, rib work construction; hand-split white oak
This basket is headed to the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of a gift from Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole.
It’s based on an Appalachian style known as a Gizzard basket that allows you to carry eggs and other fragile goods safely over the back of a horse to market, or riding snugly against your hip when walking. The round-ribbed and lobed shape was challenging and a process that involved many hours of splitting, scraping, carving, and weaving splits.