White Oak Basketmaking
by Rachel Nash Law, Cynthia W. Taylor
Excellent coverage of the tradition, timber
preparation and tools of Appalachian White
Oak rib, split and rod baskets. Many pictures of vintage baskets and basketmakers.
Excellent graphics explaining the materials preparation and weaving processes.
Hardcover. Also available in Paperback.
Lucreaty Clark - White Oak Basketmaker Lucreaty Clark talks about making white oak baskets. Audio recordings,
transcripts, photos and lesson plans are included in this presentation by the
Florida Folklife digitization and education project.
and Joyce Ellison
This husband and wife team weave and teach white oak basketry in the tradition
of the Ozark Mountains of their home state of Missouri.
Baskets and Basketmakers in Southern Appalachia
by John Rice Irwin
Basketry of the Appalachian region both historical and present day. Includes
portrait of the mountain basketmakers themselves. Numerous black and white
photographs of both baskets and basketmakers. Some information on process of
materials preparation and weaving. Paperback.
Robert Haygen - White Oak (site down)
Site includes a presentation on how to select and process a white oak tree into
woodsplints for basketry along with a series of White Oak Limited Edition Signature baskets.
Split White oak basketmaker from Washington, Louisiana. Comes from a
family of white
Jan Henry and her husband, Bruce live on 10 acres outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
They make white oak splint and hand-split white oak rod baskets. Bruce splits and rives the tree
and Jan takes over the preparation of the white oak from there. Each
traditional-style basket is based upon original designs and is handcrafted by
Jan. Jan no longer maintains her own web site, but you can visit her flickr
photostream above or reach Jan Henry
by email about her baskets or her book--White Oak Basketry--An Illustrated
Basket Fact Sheet
The Non-timber Forest Products Program at Virginia Tech in collaboration with
the USDA Forest Service have put together a fact sheet about the preparation and
use of white oak splints in basketmaking.
Second generation White Oak basketmaker owns and operates a basket shop in
Branson, MO. Hand split White Oak splits and oak basket kits are available along
with handmade oak baskets.
Traditional White oak basketmaker from Mountain View, Arkansas. His site
includes a reprint of an article he wrote for Woodwork Magazine that describes
in depth the process of selecting a log, reducing it into traditional hand-split
oak basketmaking materials and making an oak basket.
Processing white oak timber to make basket splint.
Billy Ray Sims
Alabama basketmaker with a focus on traditional baskets, primarily of white oak,
which he harvests and splits himself. His work also includes baskets of New
England black ash and South Carolina sea grass. Member of Alabama Designer
Craftsmen, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, and Mammoth Cave Basket Makers Guild,
Bill & Mary Ann Smith(profile at very end of article)
White oak basketmakers from Alabama working in traditional split oak. They also
do some work with hickory and poplar bark. They are the resident basketmakers at
Tannehill Historical State Park in Alabama and also teach at
John Campbell Folk School in the N.C. mountains. Their email is
Stout Hearts: Traditional Oak Basket Makers of the South Carolina Upcountry (Paperback)
by Gary Stanton
This volume was produced in conjunction with a
traveling exhibit organized by the McKissick Museum at the University of
South Carolina. Includes information about the processing and use of
white oak woodsplint in the making of baskets. Numerous interviews with
basket makers and an inventory of the baskets included in the exhibit
White Oak Baskets
The Tom Thompson family of Paxton, FL create traditional White Oak splint baskets at their
Uncle Tom's Outhouse location.
Similar to the five generations of Illinois basketmakers who have harvested their
materials from the land on which they have lived, Tilford uses white oak, red elm, walnut,
White oak basketmaker from Kentucky. This member of Mammoth Cave Basketmakers
Guild is well noted for her ribbed oak baskets.
YouTube has interesting video clips on a variety of topics, but it can be
more than a bit raunchy at times. I have put together a handpicked playlist of
white oak basketmaking video clips and present them here in a customized player just for
basketmakers and collectors. Once you start the first video, run your mouse along the bottom edge of the player
screen to preview or select from the full list. In addition you may choose to visit my
Although I have done my best to avoid inappropriate "popular culture" content, viewer discretion
is advised if you visit.