Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bean Pot Basket

The Bean Pot Basket’s shape was used by early American basket makers.  These baskets were often woven using rye straw which was readily accessible.   I have used flat reed and flat oval reed to recreate this design. 

Like the gathering basket I made last week this basket also uses two colors for the splints and has a double bottom. The red spokes are visible on the inside of the basket and the cream spokes are seen on the outside bottom. This basket’s sides flare out and then taper back to form the desired shape and size.  Two metal loops were added to opposite spokes before the rim was attached by lashing.  The loops allow the metal handle to be attached to the basket and swing freely.

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