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August 2, 2013

Basket Case

Filed under: Drilling,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Techniques,Uncategorized,Wood — Stephen Shepherd @ 12:14 pm

I had a fair amount of cane material left from the Arts & Crafts Lamp Shade, so I decided I wanted to make a basket as I had never made one before.  With baskets it is important to have an odd number of uprights in order for the basket to be woven properly.



The base is a piece of thin aspen wood with 9 holes drilled around the edge using a gimlet drill bit.  I then cut a small trench or groove for the cane to lay flat on the bottom side of the ‘beverage holder’.  I took four strands and put them in place going down through the top, through the trench and up the adjoining hole.  The odd piece is put in place and its end secured under one of the adjoining pairs of uprights.


I wound the cane material around and around weaving in and out until I reached the desired height.  Upon getting the right height I started weaving the excess around binding the top.


I then cut the base to round, the square base made it much easier to handle, so I left it on until I was finished.  And here it is in use.





  1. Great looking job. New item for the store?

    Comment by Dave B — August 3, 2013 @ 8:41 am

  2. Dave,
    I had not intended to make these to sell but I already have one order.

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 5, 2013 @ 7:50 am

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