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A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft By Roy Underhill


Basket maker Bryant Holsenbeck works on a melon or egg basket while I put in another chair bottom.Basket maker Bryant Holsenbeck works on a melon or egg basket while I put in another chair bottom. That's an excellent chair you just made. So now to put a bottom in it. Lots of different kinds of materials can be woven into a comfortable chair seat: cattails, torn cottonmill rovings, corn shucks, elm or hickory bark, rawhide. I work mostly with splits ("splints," in the North) made from the sapwood of white oak, and that's what this chapter is about: how to make the splits, how to weave the chair bottoms, and how to make a melon basket.





 

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"The Woodwright's Companion: Exploring Traditional Woodcraft" By Roy Underhill
© 2012 The University of North Carolina Press

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