Black Ash Basket Workshop
$0.00 – $95.00
Because of its special qualities, black ash is the tree of choice for the Haudenosaunee people for producing splint basketry. Black ash growth rings are separated by pounding with the back of an axe; the splints produced are flexible when moistened and become very strong once woven into a basket and dried. Mohawks produce baskets both for utilitarian purposes and as art. Many people are familiar with the pack baskets crafted with sturdy, tightly woven black ash splints that are used by hunters and trappers. Collectors prize the “sweet grass” basket that makes use of finer, more delicate splints (some brightly dyed) interwoven with braids of an aromatic grass.
The journey begins with preparing the long strips of black ash, called splints. Each must be shaved, split, pounded, soaked and made into ribbons; this is the most difficult part of making a basket. David and Theresa will walk us through the preparation process of creating splints from the log and show us how to weave our own utility baskets.
Theresa Cook and David Dearhouse are Deer and Turtle Clan respectively and reside in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. From a young age, Theresa began helping her mother and grandmother make baskets and toys from black ash splints. Theresa and David have been teaching this ancient skill for about 10 years.
David and Theresa will walk us through the preparation process of creating splints from the log and show us how to weave our own utility baskets.
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Saturday March 28 | 9am to 4pm
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