Not Just for Easter: Homestead Basketry


| 2/28/2014 4:16:00 PM


Three baskets made by the author

When I was growing up in the USA, people used “basket-weaving” as slang for insultingly easy busywork, like the college courses given to ringers on the football team. The implication was that weaving a basket requires no intelligence and has no purpose – the ultimate time-waster.

Few people today have ever woven a basket --- even the insult sounds antique, a relic of an age when schools taught practical crafts. Fewer people still have any idea how vital basketry was to human survival for tens of thousands of years, or how many things can be made from basketry beyond decorative containers.

Homestead Uses for Baskets

For example: Animal traps. Armour. Beehives. Boats.

Cages. Chairs. Chicken coops. Coffins. Fences.



Hand tools. Hats. Huts. Sheds.





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