This one is long. And the first 10 minutes have too much background noise; wind & traffic. When the wind is from the east here, I get more traffic noise from rte 3. And just above the area I’m working in outdoors is our road, so I was sort of wedged between the devil & the deep blue sea.
But I hope it’s worth it – this video shows how I pound apart the billets to make splints, then how to “dress” them, both by scraping them with a knife, and splitting them in half. Then how to trim them to width. All this work, combined with the previous video, is preparation of the material. Then comes weaving…
I think I wore Daniel out editing this one. So I have to give him some time off before the next one…
There will be a few baskets for sale soon. Save up…
6 thoughts on “Basket Making video: Pounding and Peeling Splints”
What a miraculous material ash is! Watching this process gives me a lot more respect for the baskets around the house.
Regarding the need to slip a rounded block under the splints as you’re pounding them, why not simply round over one place on the edge of your chopping block?
How wide of a billet could you pound for the initial separation?
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Does this only work with ash? Could you also pound out splints from oak?
I have only ever heard of ash de-laminating like this. White oak saplings are split apart to make basket splints. I haven’t done that in 30 years, not having access to white oak saplings. Should be able to find information about that on the web.