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Just as basketmakers have used Black Ash woodsplint as a material of choice for generations, that tradition continues to be strong today.

Black Ash baskets in traditional forms as well as more contemporary interpretations are well represented in this art form. Whether it is a Sweetgrass and Ash Globe basket like the one here by Florence Benedict, a Fruit Basket with captured twilled lid by Tony Stubblefield, a Shaker Carrier basket by John McGuire, a curl embellished twill bowl by JoAnne Russo or one of many others, the artistry is evident.

Most of the makers hail from the Northern United States and Southern Canada which is consistent with the native habitat of the Black Ash (Fraxinus Nigra) tree.

I have prepared a Directory of Black Ash Basketmakers which will help you make contact with these individuals and give you an introduction to the fine work they do.

There is no way in this brief article to cover the subject of black ash baskets and the artists who weave them. This is a subject that you can be sure we will revisit often. If you know of material regarding black ash basketry not mentioned here, post your comment to the board or contact me.

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