Selecting a White Oak Tree for Basketry

Finding the right tree is not easy, but time spent locating a good one pays off when the splitting begins. The best tree for splints is found in hollows, in rich bottomland soil or the lower part of… Read More

Video: How to Lash the Rim of a Splint Basket

This short video shows how to lash a typical splint basket rim, including details how to stop and start lashing   Excerpted from the iBook, How to Make the Mule Skinner Basket Easy-to-weave, carry-all basket made for the long… Read More

Rattan: Supply Down, Prices Up…

Global economic forces have created a worldwide shortage of rattan, pushing prices ever higher. Wholesale prices have doubled in the United States. That increase, combined with higher shipping costs, has shown up in higher prices for all reed and some smaller sizes are being rationed by retailers.

Warazan ~ Knotted & Woven Characters from Japan’s Ryukyu Islands

For many years, the population of Japan’s Ryukyu Islands noted numerical values, calculation results, enumerations, and more with knotted cords from rice straw. Even after World War II,  fishermen, moneylenders and simple merchant were observed working with these cords of rice straw.Warazan were… Read More

Basket Reed: Where It Comes From, How It’s Produced

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There are between 550 and 600 species of rattan, which can be found in rainforest areas from South China to Australia and Fiji to West Africa and Madagascar. Basket reed is produced from the core of this thorny… Read More