The Caithness Hayve
The Caithness Hayve
The Caithness Hayve
The Caithness Hayve

The Caithness Hayve

Tim Johnson discovered The Caithness Hayve in a private collection in Thurso on the far north coast of Scotland in 2012. He then dedicated himself, over several years, to researching the rare basket and practicing its unusual making technique. Tim is currently the only professional basketmaker making the Caithness Hayve. ⁠This is one example of an outstanding collection of rare British baskets we presented at Join, Assemble, Hold, our exhibition for London Design Festival 2023.⁠

The Hayve was made with locally harvested Soft Rush (Juncus effusus) and was traditionally used by Caithness crofters and fishermen to gather bait from the shore in preparation for rod fishing from rocky headlands. ⁠

Materials: Soft rush, Spanish hemp rope handle
cm: Length 40cm, Width 34cm, Height 15cm 
inches: Length 15.7in, Width 13.4cm, Height 5.9in 
Care Instructions: Dust with a feather duster

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The basket is woven using the ‘Neolithic Braiding’ technique but is unusually begun at the border. It is then woven down the sides and completed with a decreasing spiral base, the tails of this braid are then woven back outwards filling the gaps in the openwork base giving an elegant finish. ⁠