Clam Basket Project

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum (MA) has created a project to replicate a vintage clamming skiff and harvest basket, for which I’m digging in on research for the basket.

Here’s the model we’ll follow.

The basket is made with #12 gauge galvanized wire and will be woven with white oak from near the museum.

In the coming weeks, I’ll split out harvested logs and make jigs so that we can replicate the basket and prepare for community classes to make more.

template for weaving wire base
wire shaped to rim mold
Clam basket for class to be held May 19

One Comment on “Clam Basket Project

  1. I remember seeing one of these baskets in a basket collectors book I used to study the picture in, when I first started weaving back in the early 80s. I will be interesting in seeing how you wrap the wire around the rims once the basket is woven. Good luck. This looks exciting.

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