Large Signature Basket in Black & Walnut
This cat’s head basket is hand shaped without the use of a mold. It sits balanced on its four feet or tilted on its side. Upside down the ears of the cat become the feet and the body of the basket. The rim is carved on a shave horse using a draw knife.
The intense black color comes from iron oxide dye which takes two weeks to achieve- a week in the dye pot and a week in a salt, vinegar, and water bath to set the color. The dye is as light fast and color fast as a dye can be.
I have been making baskets for 34 years. Many of my baskets are in museum collections including the Smithsonian.
It is signed, dated, and numbered and is shipped priority mail with tracking.