Two Irish Willow Baskets

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Date(s) - 09/09/2019 - 09/10/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Adirondack Folk School


with Bonnie Gale

In this workshop, students will explore the traditions of Irish willow baskets. The unique history and techniques of Irish willow basketry will first be discussed in class. Two baskets will be made in this class: the Sciob and the Sciathog. They are both traditionally used for straining boiled potatoes. The two baskets offer a contrast of basket technique: the Sciob is a stake-and-strand willow basket while the Sciathog is a frame basket. The Sciob Irish basket starts with the making of a large round base with a most unusual weave in the middle of the base to allow for the straining of boiled potatoes. A ring of unpeeled willow is included in the weaving. The stakes are then inserted into the base and turned up. The short siding is in three rod waling weave. A rod border completes this sturdy basket. The basket is 15 inches in diameter and is approximately 5 inches tall. The Sciathog basket starts with a prepared and dried hoop given to each student. Students will place the first set of ribs using God’s Eye weaving. Randing weave continues from each side as the other sets of ribs are progressively inserted. A range of naturally processed and colored willows allow students to experiment with design variations. The Sciathog is 13 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall.