(this is a reprint of a post from my old blog "the herbal way" june 2007- due to popular request!)
To an ash grove we went. Selected a fast growing ash tree, 18-24 years old, and gave thanks!
We measured, scored and removed the bark. I was suprized by how cool and mucilagenous the tree was once the bark was removed. It came right off.
Then back in the shop we scored and folded (same shape/pattern as McDonalds fries) and laced up the sides with soaked hickory laces and reinforced the top. Finally we made loops to attach the straps.
Even Zoe (then 3 1/2) made her own basket! I drilled holes in pieces of Ash Bark and she laced the soaked hickory.
And here is a picture of Kate Gilday at the Inkle Loom weaving straps for her basket.
This was part of a workshop taken up at Woodland Essence with Kate Gilday and Don Babineau....herbalists, basketmakers, woodsy folf extraordinnaire!