This basket was made by a person in the Toronto basketry group about 15 years ago. The maker specialized in pine needle and raffia baskets, and her work is very intricate. I am not sure if she is still making baskets, but I really treasure the ones I have from Nana.
I want to make sure I have pictures of baskets I have made over the years, as well as one I have collected. This basket is made of black ash that I laboured over, pounding until I got the layers separated. The weavers were processed through a little rug hooking cutter to achieve an even width. The rim is pine needles. It is about 4 inches high. It is typical of a "cathead" basket shape, and was made over a wooden mold that I constructed. I love the sheen of black ask, which is revealed when you pry a layer apart.
I have always loved baskets, and wanted to make them, however this was not a craft that was part of the usual repetoire of a girl of my age. About 15 years ago I finally found someone to teach me how to make a basket, and I was hooked. I started with bought tropical rattan splint, but rapidly became interested in harvesting materials from the woods of Muskoka and P.E.I. In fact, I love tramping through the woods and collecting as much as I do making the baskets. I have not made many baskets the last few years due to being too busy at work, but as now retired and my interest is rekindled. This blog will highlight baskets I have made and collected over the years, and hopefully will also contain some new baskets I will make soon.
I have many hobbies but one of my favourites is making and collecting dolls. I started making dolls about 20 years ago, but after a few years I became busy with other things, my family, my job, etc. After recently retiring I rekindled my interest in both making and collecting dolls. This blog will document my progress.