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Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588278
05/21/22 07:11 PM
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Really cool

Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588340
05/21/22 09:18 PM
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Beautiful work Jack and and interesting subject that is dear to my heart.

I have heard folks joking about others majoring in basket weaving in college and just shake my head. Preparing materials and weaving quality baskets is a skill that few ever master.

Our ancestors used hand made baskets made from materials that were available in their area for a variety of tasks. I still have one of my Mother's split white oak baskets that she used to gather eggs and vegetables from the garden and fruit from the orchard. The wooden handle broke and she fashioned a new handle using baling wire. Our first hay bailer used wire, not twine.

Most hand made baskets made now are more of an art form than utilitarian. My ex and I taught basket weaving classes using mostly imported rattan but I did split white oak for the handles which made our offering unique. We offered a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and at the end of the one day class, every student had a completed basket. We kept the methods as simple as possible but some students needed lots of help to complete the project.

I eventually carried it a step further and used white oak for the weavers as well as the handles and we taught a few classes where the students helped prep the material. Our oak baskets were somewhere closer to utilitarian than true works of art.

Someone mentioned pine needle baskets in GA from long leaf pine and long leaf pine is also used in NC. SC has sweetgrass baskets an in the Northeast, ash is a commonly used material and Nantucket the predominant style. Basket making is not as simple as lots of folks think it is.

Here is a few of my oak baskets and a miniature draw knife and froe. The basket on the right in the first pic is a herringbone weave and is one of the solid oak baskets that we taught. The small rectangular basket on the left behind the miniature froe is another oak basket that we taught.
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These next two, I bought from a couple as I do not have the patience or skill to produce such exquisite quality. The oblong is about 4" long and the round or egg shape is about 3" in diameter. They alternated the use of heart wood and live wood to create the color bands in the weave. Museum quality baskets woven on oak staves with oak weavers about the thickness of a piece of notebook paper. The detail is incredible!
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Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588344
05/21/22 09:28 PM
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What variety is the pine?

Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588354
05/21/22 10:02 PM
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My wife has made pine needle baskets, primarily from red pine needles. Very pretty craft!

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Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588366
05/21/22 10:19 PM
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Very nice work Gulo !!


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Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588390
05/21/22 10:44 PM
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Baskets look great, nice work. I would never suggest that someone who's trapped Tigers, bears and wolves needs to hand over their man card.

Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588406
05/21/22 10:58 PM
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I have sweetgrass baskets I bought over 50 years ago that still smell great.

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Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588429
05/21/22 11:54 PM
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Never made a pine needle basket but Iíve made a stack of baleen baskets.


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Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588430
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Very nice work!

Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588557
05/22/22 08:43 AM
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Stunning looking baskets. I think I would have to hand in my man card for NOT being able to make one!


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Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7588992
05/22/22 08:11 PM
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very nice work smile

Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7589065
05/22/22 10:18 PM
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Nice work Gulo, impressive.

Re: Pine Needle Baskets [Re: Gulo] #7589118
05/23/22 12:03 AM
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Is pine needle baskets something that traces back to the indigenous people of this country? You've likely seen plenty of grass baskets from the YK area. I spent a lot of time around shungnak and kobuk in the mid 90s. There were still a few large hand made berry baskets there, plus the big spoon shaped tool they used.
Looks like a lot of time invested in those baskets.

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