Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Arts and Crafts/Basketry
|Arts and Crafts
|Skill Level 2|
|Year of Introduction: 1937|
The Basketry Honor is a component of the Artisan Master Award .
1. Know the names of two countries where Rattan (cane) is grown.
Most (70%) of the world's rattan grows in Indonesia, distributed among Borneo, Celebes, Sumbawa islands. The rest of the world's supply comes from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
2. Explain how to treat pithcane (reed) before weaving.
Soak the Round Reed and Flat Oval Reed for 5 to 10 minutes in warm water. If reed becomes dry while you are weaving, re-soak or spray until pliable. Do not over soak your reed; it will become mushy.
3. What tools would you use for
a. Cane basket making?
Sharp Knife Peg Pair of round-nosed pliers Awl Two Bodkins Rapping iron to tap down the wave on heavy cane work Cane seat weaver Note: A blunted chisel will do instead of the rapping iron, just wind a piece of tape around the end to protect the cane.
b. Raffia or Indian basket making?
a. Weaver singeing
To singe baskets is a method of removing reed hairs from a basket after it is finished. Using a lighter or other small torch or flame, move the flame around the basket to singe or burn up hairs. Brush your hand over the sides of the basket to knock off the burnt hairs. Hold the flame above the basket so you do not blacken the basket. It is recommended that you wet or mist the basket prior to singeing, the hairs will dry first and this will lessen the chance of burning the basket itself.