21″ x 21″ x 9″
Rib-work construction; hand-split white oak
There are few basket makers who work with white oak. It’s labor intensive—this basket required hand splitting the good part of two small oak trees—and most of those with the know-how are getting on in years.
Although I’ve been blessed to learn from several master basket makers, the teacher for this basket died long ago. It’s an interpretation of a Pennsylvania field basket likely made in the late 19th century. As I learned by trial and error how to carve, whittle and bend the big ribs of the basket you see here, I marveled at evidence of how the original was created by sure and confident hands. And I felt perhaps some old boy was looking down on me from above, and smiling as I carried forward lessons from his work.
What beautiful work! Congratulations on your new site – looks great!
Your baskets are all absolutely beautiful! I think the potato basket is my favorite-the colors are gorgeous. You inspire me to pick up my basket weaving again and try to make my next basket with more care!!
Thanks, Diane. Please send photos of your baskets. Love to see what you’ve done. To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you still make baskets and do you sell them? I especially like the potato basket.
Yes, I am making baskets after a couple of years of having to work at other endeavors. You can contact me directly at email@example.com