Follow the processing and weaving steps as Jennifer Heller Zurick teaches a willow bark weaving class at the 2013 NBO Biennial Conference: Tradition & Innovation in Basketry VII
A future Mother-In-Law, and friend of basketmaker and NBO Board Member, Beth Hester wanted something special for the family’s upcoming rehearsal dinner party. So, Beth suggested they weave a basket around their antique Blue Mason Jars.
Produced in conjunction with the exhibition “A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets” at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. “A Measure of the Earth” celebrates the generous gift of seventy-nine baskets to… Read More
Watch as a class learns the secrets to weaving with this beautiful, durable basket material used by the Cherokee nation as long ago as 600 A.D. The shape and patterns appear deceptively simple, but the techniques require special care and attention.
For all level of weavers this colorful reed basket can be made thanks to instructions provided by NBO Lifetime Achievement Award winning basket maker Flo Hoppe. Three-rod wale is the basic weave for this basket, but the fun… Read More
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
Click on image to view a short video demonstrating 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… Read More
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.
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
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