Dimensions: 5 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2"

Photo (above) shows me pounding a log.


The materials for this basket were harvested and prepared by my teacher April Stone from the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin.   Her practice is to locate a straight Black Ash tree, cut it down, remove the bark, pound the log so it separates along the growth rings, peel off strips, determine desired width and thickness for splints and then smooth out the raw side with a knife.  


This is a precious resource because the Black Ash tree is on the Critically Endangered list due to the destruction by the Emerald Ash Borer insect. 


Black Ash Cheese Basket


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    Martha is a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant (2019) and the Creative Support for Individuals grant (2021).