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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:22 pm

I'm going to have a go at some baskets when the spring comes, just wondered if you chaps tried any of this?" />

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Post by the barnacle on Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:40 pm

ooo - will look forward to seeing the basket, what are your plans? what materials do you plan to use, I recon our ancestors used loads of baskets and were masters of them just a shame not much evidence exists.

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Post by grendel on Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:19 pm

Nope not tried this, but know you mention it, I could do with a few.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:00 am

Ok, I've already started! I'm using a frame made from Wisteria as there is a load cut in the garden, but any climber will work like Honeysuckle or ivy and finally that Rafia is coming in usefull to bind where they cross over.
At the junction of the handle and the basket I've split a length of Bramble into four and wound that around in a "god's eye" knot to hold the other ribs for the basket.
The Brambles need collecting now before they grow too much but once stripped down they can be stored for years, you just need to soak them for a couple of hours and hey presto! This stuff would look really good as a knife binding.
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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:04 am

" /> I'm not sure what to use for weaving, I could use Cordyline, Yucca, Willow or Lime bark, or Bulrush leaves but they need to grow first!
Depends if I want to go with the native plants or not...

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:11 am

This site was helpful:http://www.practicalprimitive.com/skillofthemonth/melonbasket.html
He mentions avoiding poison ivy, this is not to be confused with our regular ivy which is great for this project.

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Post by the barnacle on Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:30 pm

wow that's looking great, I think I would try to stay native with some bark if you can find long enough strands,

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Post by grendel on Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:32 pm

That green stuff you have used looks great, is there anything you can use that will stay green with time?

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:45 pm

Aha, that's the humble bramble, I guess it'll stay green for a year or two depending on the amount of sun it gets exposed to for any great length of time. Failing that you could always resort to some kind of sealed ink or wood stain to keep the colour!

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Post by grendel on Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:59 am

I seen green baskets that stay green forever, maybe it's banana or palm leaf.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:19 pm

" />Finished this one off a while ago, I just forgot to post some pics! I used willow bark (green) and lime bark (brown) to weave inbetween the framework, I also took out a bit of the central frame as it would get in the way.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:22 pm

" />Not the neatest of baskets but it was fun.

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Post by grendel on Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:25 pm

Neat though, you could give up your day job and go into business as a weaver.

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Post by the barnacle on Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:21 pm

thats very smart - i like the detailing on the ends.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:54 pm

He he! I was suprised at the amount of time it took, fiddly but relaxing. The blackberries need to ripen up soon so they can go in the basket, mind you I could get some wild cherries now...Hmm.

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Post by grendel on Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:42 pm

Buy some strawberries from Asda and tell everyone you picked them yourself, no-one will ever know.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:49 pm

He he! Now that sounds like a good plan. Using the real hunter-gatherer skills when it's just down the road, closest source and all! I'll try it on the missus.

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Post by the barnacle on Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:11 pm

Grendel wrote:Buy some strawberries from Asda and tell everyone you picked them yourself, no-one will ever know.


but you have to go in with your basket to carry them home - necheeting - ha ha - with pictures (@;

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:23 pm

Next you'll have me do it wearing skins and carrying a spear, maybe even dragging a woman by the hair, I may have to put the spear down for that one!

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Post by grendel on Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:14 pm

Could be the next step up for your knapping exhibitions, make yourself some prehistoric clothes, a bit of woad on the face and hey presto!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WOtM9CObxeY/UTC-OybgJ3I/AAAAAAAACZ0/MuRMybf5A5s/s1600/Will+Lord+flint+knapping+Feb+2013.JPG

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