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Joe Learned to weave baskets when he was a child of Cherokee grandmother. They sat under an old tree in OK selling them to passing tourist. Some of his materials are Tennessee white oak that he split for hoops, handles and ribbing. His weaving material is usually a mixture of honeysuckle vines, other vines, ratan, grasses and stripped tree bark he's harvested himself.. The basket style that he weaves the most is called the gathering basket. Later, referred as a fanny basket. it is also referred to as an egg basket. Joe also weaves a hip root basket. It was usually carried on the hip full of edible roots and tuburs.
Some of Joe's baskets have beads on the rim. The Native American's say the beads are to draw the good spirits into the basket. And it draws your eye to it as to identify who's basket it belongs to. Sometimes Joe will use a walnut stain to give a darker color putting a dark stripe weaved through the basket. This can be seen on the basket to the right.
What makes Joe's basket extra special is he typically uses 18-20 ribbings on each side of the basket depending on the basket size. This gives the basket strength
You can find Joe's brand on every basket he makes.
The large baskets are approximately 15" wide and 7 1/2" deep.
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