Day Baskets are made from the highest
grade, clear, white oak available from a local
lumber company. After hand-selecting only
the clearest lumber, from which the strips are
cut, the lumber is sawed and steamed for
softening in the steam box. From there it is
clamped to a bench where the strips are cut
off and split with a draw knife, thus producing
"stanups" and "fillers".
The stanups serve as the bottom and
framework for weaving the baskets. The
"hoops" which are sawed, as opposed to
split, are used to strengthen the mouth of the
basket. After the sides are woven, the weaver
wraps an outside hoop around the inside
hoop and nails through both hoops with
brass nails. These nails automatically crimp
themselves when they strike the steel band
on the form.
Next, yokes if needed, are laced under the
fillers from the bottom of the basket for
reinforcement. Some baskets are also fitted
with handles of different types.
The production of a basket is a three to four
day process. On the first day the bottom of
the basket is made and dried overnight.
The second day the basket is woven and the
hoops attached. After again drying overnight
the basket its trimmed, sanded and finished.
On large baskets an extra day is needed
because the fill material shrinks after weaving
and is packed down and new fill added before
attaching the hoops.
The basket is now ready for selling in our
shop, next to our factory, or for shipping to
our customers all over the country.
The completed Day Baskets have hundreds
of uses and come in a variety of sizes and
styles. We have market baskets in four
different sizes, round farm baskets with
bentwood handles or rope handles, picnic
baskets with lids, laundry baskets, fish or
firewood baskets, berry baskets, picking
baskets with drop handles, eel pots, and
many other too numerous to mention.
When you purchase a Day Basket, you will
know that you have bought the finest quality,
American made product, produced today, in
the same old fashion way it was 139 years
ago. Or attend a “Day Basket” class and
make your own piece of “American History”!
Basket classes forming Summer of 2015.
Contact us for more information.
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ESTABLISHED IN 1876
HANDCRAFTED WHITE OAK BASKETS
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