Baskets had many uses
Baskets had many uses
 
 
Wood was cut into long strips
Wood was cut into long strips
 
 
Wood strips were soaked in water
Wood strips were soaked in water
 
 
Flat strips were woven into shapes
Flat strips were woven into shapes
 
 
Sample of different kinds of baskets
Sample of different kinds of baskets
 
 
A young boy learns how to weave a basket
A young boy learns how to weave a basket
 
Colonial Basket Maker
Topic(s):   Colonial Life

Colonists needed many baskets. There were no cans, plastic bags, or cardboard boxes. They used baskets to carry and to store many things.

To begin her work, a basket maker cut down young trees with an ax. Ash, hickory, and willow trees worked well. They were strong and light. She cut the wood into long strips called splints. She soaked the splints in water to make them bendable. Using a mallet, she flattened them once they were soft.

She separated layers of wood with a large knife. Then, she flattened them again. Next, she wove the basketís bottom. She turned up spokes, strips of wood, to form the basketís sides. Then, she wove strips over and under the spokes in rows. Finally, she made the rim and handle.

A basket maker made many different kinds of baskets. She changed the tightness of the weave, size, and shape depending on how the basket would be used. A basket maker had to have nimble fingers. Many people made baskets in their own homes. As soon as they were old enough to learn, parents taught children to weave them.

Resource information

Basket Weaving 101. (2009). Retrieved from http://www.basketweaving101.net/Site%203/howto.html.

Basketmaker. Retrieved from http://www.history.org/almanack/life/trades/tradebas.cfm.

Kalman, Bobbie. Colonial Crafts. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 1992.

Kalman, Bobbie. Early Artisans. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 1983.

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