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Sweet Chestnut Frame Basket by Nick McMillen is a small but perfectly formed basket is made using ash timber for the hoops and the ribs and the weaving is done using sweet chestnut bark. It is a style of basket used the world over and is probably one of the earliest basket designs used by humans.
Nick McMillen is a botanical artist and basket maker. For his basket making and weaving, Nick specialises in using tree barks, mainly sweet chestnut bark (Castanea sativa), and western red cedar bark (Thuja plicata). He works closely with woodland owners to harvest his materials as part of their management plans using low impact techniques. All the harvested material is prepared on site and then stored until needed. Nicks weaving techniques and basketry is mainly influenced by North West Canadian cedar weavers and American cane and ash splint basketry. But he is always on the hunt for interesting ideas from basket weavers all over the world.
Material: Ash, Sweet Chestnut Bark
cm: Length 23cm, Width 21.5cm, Height 20cm
inches: Length 9.1in, Width 8.5cm, Height 7.9in
Care Instructions: Dust with a feather duster
The design is a frame of two hoops lashed together, with the ribs being added as the weaving grows. The hoops and ribs were made from ash and split and carved by hand and then steam bent into shape.