Primitive Basketry

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    Made a basket today out of tag aldar, came out well for my first try I think. More practice to come 20180406_183946.jpg
     
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    An underrated skill for sure!
     
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    That looks great to me! Looking forward to seeing more practice.
     
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    Nice!

    I've said it so many times already that I'm starting to not even believe myself anymore, but........ I'm gonna try basket making some time.
     
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    Its tougher than you think, next time I'm going to try soaking the saplings so they're more flexible.
     
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    I don't doubt it's difficult.
    I always kind of figured it would be a combination of pruning, whittling and juggling, and a guy could probably use a couple extra sets of hands at times too.
    There is a couple million acres of tag alder around here, I can probably afford to screw up a few.
     
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    Great job! Weaving is an incredibly underrated skill like @Pastor Chris mentioned. If you can weave you can make almost ANYTHING in the woods. Baskets, fish traps, containers, mats, shelter walls, even clothing (wove from cordage). Basket looks really good for your first one, heck it's a solid basket even if it was your 20th. Keep up the awesome work :dblthumb:
     
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    That looks really good...awesome job! :dblthumb:

    It sounds counter-intuitive, but those shoots might actually bend easier if dried about halfway, rather than soaking them. Think wilted carrots...;)
     

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