In 2014 I took a class to learn how to make Indian Style baskets from wood. My mentor is Jim Adkins, an expert in this type of woodturning. I also continue to make other types of woodturnings such as bowls and wooden vases.
My work starts at the wood lathe. Additional embellishment takes place from there.
I have been a woodworker-making wood turnings most of my life. My first learning about the wood lathe came from my Uncle Bob when I was about 8 years old. Woodturning has been a continual process from there. A new lathe in 2005 renewed my interest in the art as I started to take some one day classes from woodturning teachers. Over the next few years two more lathes were purchased, one of those a Powermatic 3520B is what I mainly use today.
The Indian style baskets-wood art- are all made from wood, mainly maple and the patterns are adapted from traditional Native American woven baskets. This continues to be a learning process as I research books written about various tribes from the Southwest and California.
Apache basket tray. Approx 13"x 1.75"
All baskets start on the wood lathe. A clear piece of wood that is light colored and tight grained work best. I use mostly hard maple for the wood. A tool called a beading tool makes the ridges that resemble the weaving of a basket. These ridges are 1/8th inch wide.
Pencil lines are laid out where a burning pen will be used in the pattern process. The tip of the burning pen fits over the already made bead and makes a dark mark when touched by the hot burning pen. Color will be added to the burned area in the next step.