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How to Turn Down and Tuck Basket Spokes
By Susi Nuss

Instructions for basketmaking. A simple How to on turning down and tucking spokes when preparing to insert a handle and lash a rim to a basket.

Difficulty Level: Average    Time Required: Varies with size of basket


Here's How:

  1. Complete your basket body with a "false rim".  This is a single start-stop row that will be sandwiched between the inner and outer rim when lashing.
  2. When the body of the basket is complete you should give the spoke ends a trim so that they are all an even height. Cut them long enough to turn down and tuck into at least two rows of weaving. 
  3. Allow the basket body to dry completely. 
  4. Repack the rows if they have become loose when dry.
  5. Fill a basin with just enough water so that the basket can be turned upside down and set in water that is just deep enough to wet the spoke ends that are beyond the weaving and the false rim.
  6. Allow the spoke ends to soak until they are flexible, but don't get the weaving wet.
  7. Turn down each outside spoke to the inside of the basket and tuck into several rows of weaving.
  8. Trim off each spoke that is on the inside of the last weaver or false rim, level with the top of the false rim.


Tips:

  1. Cut the spoke ends on an angle to make it easier to tuck the ends into the weaving.
  2. Reduce the width of the spoke if bulk is a problem.

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