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    The outer growth of the tree are straight and free of knots. They provide excellent material for the rugged, tightly woven carriers, gathering, and table top baskets that I make.

    Though I make many different styles and sizes of baskets, they are all formed by the construction of one of two types of bottom, round or square-rectangular.

    A round bottom basket is formed by intersecting the framework strips like the spokes of a wheel. Eight over eight spokes woven together form a "double" bottom. The weaving continues up the sides to form a round basket.

    A square or rectangular bottom basket has a plaited bottom, woven to the desired dimensions. From this base, sides are woven, either maintaining corners to form a square or rectangular basket or with curved sides woven to a round or oval at the rim.

    I weave all of my baskets by hand eye without using molds or jigs. I like the individual character this process allows each basket to have.

 

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Jonathan Kline
5126 Mott Evans Road
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Phone: 607 387 5718