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The Basket Tree – Making Ash Baskets

Basket Ash Rectangle with Handle

The Basket Tree

One of the oldest crafts in Native American culture is basket making. The tribes in the northeast make baskets out of many materials including birch bark, split wood of ash trees and sweet grass, the strongest being those made from the wood of brown or black ash trees, known as basket trees.

These slow growing trees are found along streams and in bogs and swaps only in the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. The wet landscapes they grow in produce more flexible strands good for weaving.

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Basket Ash Harvest

Basket Ash Harvest

Large Antique Ash Harvest Basket with Red Splints

This antique Basket Ash Harvest will stand out in your collection! The basket maker used narrow natural Ash splints interspersed with Red splints. He or she added a reinforcing piece of ash wood to the rim.   The red splints have faded on the inside and outside.  You can see more of the original colors on the outside.  The basket maker made the bottom of the basket square, and created a round top with the reinforcing wood rim.

We got the basket from a collection.  It was likely originally used to harvest produce.  You will see  cracks in the splints, mostly on the bottom.  There are also stains and signs of wear. Structurally it is in  good condition.  The basket stands about 10.5 inches tall.  The top diameter measures approximately 18 inches.  The bottom measures about 15 inches across.   Due to its age, we recommend using this basket for display one. One of a Kind!

Basket Making

Native American tribes in the Northeast make baskets out of many materials including birch bark, split wood of ash trees and sweetgrass, the strongest being those made from the wood of brown or black ash trees, known as basket trees. Native American ash baskets are a type of traditional basket. Various Native American tribes use ash tree splints as the primary weaving material. These baskets are known for their strength, flexibility, and intricate weaving techniques. Ash baskets play a significant part in Native American culture. People use them for various purposes, including carrying and storing food, gathering materials, and as trade items.

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Basket Ash Brown Contemporary

Basket Ash Brown Contemporary

Contemporary Brown Split Ash Basket with Curls

This Basket Ash Brown Contemporary needs a special place in your collection! The basket maker used natural Ash splints interspersed with warm Brown and light Green splints. She covered the outside of the Basket with natural colored curls.   Around the edge of the lid and the top of the basket, the basket maker wove Sweetgrass strands.   The crafter wrapped a few bits of ash splints together to create a handle for the lid.  This basket stands about 2.5 inches tall.  The top diameter measures 3.5 inches.  It is in new condition!  One of a Kind!

Native American tribes in the Northeast make baskets out of many materials including birch bark, split wood of ash trees and sweetgrass, the strongest being those made from the wood of brown or black ash trees, known as basket trees. Native American ash baskets are a type of traditional basket. Various Native American tribes use ash tree splints as the primary weaving material. These baskets are known for their strength, flexibility, and intricate weaving techniques. Ash baskets play a significant part in Native American culture. People use them for various purposes, including carrying and storing food, gathering materials, and as trade items.

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Basket Ash Coral

Basket Ash Coral

Contemporary Coral Porcupine Weave Ash Basket

Place this Basket Ash Coral in a special place in your collection! The basket maker used natural Ash splints interspersed with bright Coral colored splints. She used Porcupine Weave to create the spiky curls on the outside of the Basket.   Around the edge of the lid and the top of the basket, the basket maker wove Sweetgrass strands.   The crafter wrapped a few bits of ash splints together to create a handle for the lid.  One of a Kind!

Native American tribes in the Northeast make baskets out of many materials including birch bark, split wood of ash trees and sweetgrass, the strongest being those made from the wood of brown or black ash trees, known as basket trees. Native American ash baskets are a type of traditional basket. Various Native American tribes use ash tree splints as the primary weaving material. These baskets are known for their strength, flexibility, and intricate weaving techniques. Ash baskets play a significant part in Native American culture. People use them for various purposes, including carrying and storing food, gathering materials, and as trade items.

This basket stands just about 2 inches tall.  The top diameter measures 3.5 inches.  It is in new condition!  One of a Kind!

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Basket Envelope

Basket Envelope

Two Piece Woven Envelope Basket

Add this unique two piece Basket Envelope set to your collection or use it to store small items.  The basketmaker who made this item wove two separate oblong baskets sized so that one fits inside the other.  He or she used Dark Red splints to create a geometric design on the outside Basket.  The inner basket is plain.   Both pieces come with natural fiber edging around the openings.  The larger Basket measures 7.5″ long x 4.5″ wide and about 2.5″ ‘thick’.  The smaller Basket measures 8″ long x 4″ wide and fits pretty tightly inside the other one.  We got this set from a collection.   We do not know the origins of this basket, but the material and style resembles baskets made in the Southeastern United States.  One of a Kind!

Native American baskets are a significant form of traditional art and craft that have been created by Indigenous peoples of North America for centuries. Basketmakers use various natural materials such as grasses, reeds, wood splints, and sometimes animal fibers.  Baskets come in various shapes, sizes, and designs.

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Basket Large Ash with Lid

Basket Large Ash with Lid

Large Ash Splint Basket with Lid

This Basket Large Ash with Lid will make an attractive storage container or addition to your basket collection.  The basket maker created this basket with natural ash wood splints.  He or she incorporated some Yellow and darker Brown splints to create a design.  A wood handle makes it easy to carry.  You will see fading of the colored splints on the outside of the basket.   The lid and the bottom remain intact, though dusty.  This basket stands 12 inches high  with the lid on. (not including the handle).  It measures  x 15.5 inches long  x 10.5  inches wide..    We got the basket from a collection.  It is in good, usable condition.  One of a Kind!

Native American ash baskets are a type of traditional basket. Various Native American tribes use ash tree splints as the primary weaving material. These baskets are known for their strength, flexibility, and intricate weaving techniques. Ash baskets play a significant part in Native American culture.  People use them for various purposes, including carrying and storing food, gathering materials, and as trade items.  One of a Kind!

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Basket Ash Side Handles

Basket Ash Side Handles

Large Round Ash Basket with Cover and Side Handles

This Basket Ash Side Handles will complement your decor and provide storage space! The basket maker used narrow natural Ash splints interspersed with warm Brown,  Green and Purple splints. He or she created small side handles with curls of heavier pieces of ash wood. The cover does not have a handle.  The colored splints on the cover have faded on the outside.  You can see the original colors on the inside.  We got the basket from a collection.  There are a few minor cracks in the splints.  Structurally it is in very good condition.  The basket stands about 7.5 inches tall.  The top diameter measures 12.5 inches.  One of a Kind!

Basket Making

Native American tribes in the Northeast make baskets out of many materials including birch bark, split wood of ash trees and sweetgrass, the strongest being those made from the wood of brown or black ash trees, known as basket trees. Native American ash baskets are a type of traditional basket. Various Native American tribes use ash tree splints as the primary weaving material. These baskets are known for their strength, flexibility, and intricate weaving techniques. Ash baskets play a significant part in Native American culture. People use them for various purposes, including carrying and storing food, gathering materials, and as trade items.

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Basket Large Ash with Wood Handle

Basket Large Ash with Wood Handle

Large Ash Splint Basket with Wood Handle

This Basket Large Ash with Wood Handle will make an attractive storage container or addition to your basket collection.  The basketmaker created this basket with natural ash wood splints.  He or she incorporated Brown, Yellow and Green splints into the design.  A wood handle makes it easy to carry.  You will see fading of the colored splints on the outside and minimal splits in some of the splints.   The bottom remains intact, though dusty.  Someone wrote ‘1936’ on the bottom in pencil.  This basket stands 11″ high (not including the handle) x 16″ x 10″.    We got the basket from a collection.  It is in good, usable condition.  One of a Kind!

Native American ash baskets are a type of traditional basket. Various Native American tribes use ash tree splints as the primary weaving material. These baskets are known for their strength, flexibility, and intricate weaving techniques. Ash baskets play a significant part in Native American culture.  People use them for various purposes, including carrying and storing food, gathering materials, and as trade items.

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Basket Nootka Style with Lid

Basket Nootka Style with Lid

Handmade North West Coast Nootka Style Basket

This delightful Nootka Style Basket will make an ideal addition to your collection! The basket maker used Beargrass to make the basket.  He added colorful designs in Green, Orange and Indigo.  This Basket comes complete with a lid that has a woven handle.

Nootka baskets are highly valued for their craftsmanship and intricate designs. Basket makers use cedar bark, spruce root, or bear grass to make them.  The crafters gather the raw materials, strip the bark or roots into thin strips, and then weave them together.  They use natural dyes derived from plants, such as alder bark, yellow cedar, or blackberry root to create colorful designs.

This Basket stands 3.5″ tall with the lid on and 3.5″ in diameter on the bottom.  You will see a few small breaks in the splints.  The color has faded on the outside, but you can see the original bright colors inside.  Structurally, this Basket is in very good condition.  One of a Kind!

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Basket Round Hopi Style

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Vintage Hopi Southwestern Style Basket

This beautiful handwoven Southwestern Hopi Style Round Basket has a beautiful geometric design. Hopi baskets are usually made with coils of rabbit brush, sumac, dune brush and yucca. The flat round base is very sturdy. This piece is in good condition with very little wear. This Hopi Style Basket measures 6″ in diameter and stands about 6″ tall.  The basket measures 8″ in diameter at the widest part.

Hopi style baskets have been used for a variety of purposes over the centuries, including for storing food and water, for carrying goods, and for use in ceremonial contexts. Today, Hopi style baskets are still made by Hopi artisans and are prized by collectors for their beauty and cultural significance.

Use the Round Hopi Style Basket for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection! One of a Kind!

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Pine Needle Basket Kit

Pine Needle Basket Kit

Pine Needle Basket Kit

This Basket Kit allows you to make a fragrant pine needle basket. Each kit contains materials needed to make a 4″ – 6″ Pine Needle Basket. Additionally, the instruction booklet describes eight basketry stitches for you to try. So, follow the directions to learn how to coil and stitch the Long Leaf Pine Needles.  Then create a Pine Needle Basket of your own design!

Native Americans from Southeast Coast of North America traditionally made Pine Needle Baskets.  Native Americans from other parts of North American make coiled baskets with other materials.  They used baskets as storage containers for foodstuffs and supplies. In more recent times, they made baskets to sell.

The Kit includes:

  • Long Leaf Pine Needles
  • Natural Raffia
  • Coiling Gauge
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Fully Illustrated Instruction Booklet

You will also need: water, a pot to boil or soak needles, a towel, a ruler, and a pair of scissors.

We recommend this kit for ages 12 +.  Adult assistance may be needed to help children with this kit.

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Basket Fancy Ash Wave Design

Basket Fancy Ash Wave Design

Basket Fancy Ash Wave Design

Give this Fancy Ash Basket with a Wave Design a special place in your collection!  The basket maker used Green dyed Ash splints of many sizes and braided sweetgrass to make the design. He or she covered the sweetgrass on the outside of the Basket with ash splints.  For the lid, the basket maker wove small ash splints in the center, surrounded by sweetgrass wrapped in larger ash splints. A small loop of wrapped Ash Splints is attached to the front and top of the basket.

This Basket is in very good condition with minimal splint breakage. It measures about 3″ tall x 6.5″ in diameter.

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Basket Northwest Coast Style

Basket Northwest Coast Style

Small Cedar Bark Northwest Coast Basket with Sister Woven Into the Design

Add this lovely round Northwest Coast Style Basket to your collection. The basket maker wove the word Sister into the side using Bear Grass.

The art of Northwestern Coast Basketry has been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years and is an important part of the region’s cultural heritage. Each basket is unique and often features intricate designs that reflect the artist’s personal style and cultural traditions.

This Northwest Coast Style Basket stands 3.25″ tall and 5.5″ in diameter. It is well made and in good condition. Display it in your Basket collection, or use it to store small items.  One of a Kind!

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Basket Ash Large Square

Basket Ash Large Square

Basket Ash Large Square

This Large Square Ash Basket  will make a nice addition to your collection! The basket is constructed with split ash in natural and a dyed red color. The basket maker used a variety of split ash widths to create the design. The basket is in good condition with very few breaks in the splints.

The basket measures 12.25″ long and 12.25″ wide. It stands 5.75″ tall.

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Basket Fancy Ash with Handles

Basket Fancy Ash with Handles

Basket Fancy Ash with Handles

This antique Fancy Ash Basket with Handles will make a nice addition to your collection! The basket is constructed with ash splints of different widths and curls around the sides. The basket maker added handles to both sides of the basket. There are some breaks in the splints in the design and one handle is lo longer fully attached.

The basket measures 16″ long and 14.5″ wide. It stands 5.5″ tall at the rim and the handle adds an additional 1.5 ” to the height.

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Basket Antique Makah Style Lidded – 25% Off!

Basket Antique Makah Lidded

Antique Makah Style Basket

This Antique Makah Lidded Basket is in good condition.  The basket maker used Red and Blue dye to create the geometric design around the sides and the lid.  Makah Natives used Bear Grass and Cedar bark to make their Baskets. The color of the designs has faded on the outside, but you can see the original brilliance of the blue on the inside of the the lid.  You will notice that the inner rim of the Basket has some damage but it is hidden when the lid is on.

This basket measures 2.5″ tall with the lid and 4″ in diameter.   It will make a nice addition to your Basket collection!

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Basket Ash Large Lidded

Basket Ash Large Lidded

Large Antique Lidded Ash Basket

This antique Large Ash Lidded Basket features blue splints throughout the design on both the sides and lid.  The basket maker used wide and narrow splints to create this basket along with a maple branch on the side of the rim. This antique piece is in good condition with some breaks in the splints around the basket and lid.

This Basket measures 10″ tall.  The top opening measures 14″ in diameter.

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Basket Round Ash with Red

Basket Round Ash with Red

9″ Round Ash Basket

This antique Round Ash Basket with Red splints will make a nice addition to your collection. The basket maker used wide and narrow splints to create this basket.  You can still see the color on the exterior of the basket. The square bottom is stamped E.A.L.H and measures approx. 5″ x 5″.

This Basket measures 4.5″ tall.  The top opening measures 9″ in diameter.

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Basket Ash and Hong Kong Cord

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Handmade Ash Splint and Hong Kong Cord Basket

Add this beautiful handmade vintage Ash and Hong Kong Cord Basket to your collection! The crafter used natural and red dyed ash splints in the design which you can still see on the inside of the basket. The handle is made of braided Hong Kong cord.. The lid is attached with a piece of string. There are two loops of wrapped ash splints on the front of the basket.

The Basket measures 6.5″ high with the lid on. The lid and bottom measures 5″ in diameter. The opening of the Basket itself measures 4.75″ in diameter.

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Basket Papago Style 7″ Round – 30% Off!

Basket Papago Style 7" Round

Southwestern Basket Papago Style

This handwoven Early Southwestern Style Basket stands 7.25″ tall.  The basket maker made it in the Papago style with coils of grass, yucca and devils claw. The flat round base is very sturdy.

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.  This Basket measures 8″ in diameter on the bottom and stands 7.25″ tall.  It is in good condition with a few broken splints on the bottom rim.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!  One of a Kind!

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Basket Coiled Southwestern

Basket Coiled Southwestern

Southwestern Coiled Basket

This handwoven Basket Coiled Southwestern  stands 3 inches tall.  The basket maker made it in a Papago style with coils of grass, yucca and devils claw. The flat round base is very sturdy.

Native American Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.  This Basket measures 6.5 inches in diameter on the bottom and stands just 3 inches tall.  It is in very good condition.  You will notice some dust on the inside.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!  One of a Kind!

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American Indian Baskets

American Indian Baskets

American Indian Baskets

Building and Caring for a Collection. By Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh & William A. Turnbaugh. 272 pgs. Hardcover.

Profusely illustrated discussion of Native American basketry reviews basket making methods. It also advises the reader on what to look for when purchasing old baskets.

You will see examples of different basket styles throughout North America. There is also a helpful section on baskets from other countries, commercially made baskets and others that might confuse a collector.

ISBN 9780764344046

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Basket Antique Pima Style 3 Inch

Basket Antique Pima 3 Inch

Antique Pima Style Willow Basket

Add this lovely Antique Pima Basket to your collection!  It features a variation of the stair step design.  This Basket comes from the early 20th century.

The Pima Indians live in Arizona. They create Baskets with coiled bundles of grass or fibers. They weave these closely together with willow shoots (natural “white”) and devil’s claw (black) fibers. They generally start their Baskets with a black center.

The Basket stands 3″ tall. The top opening measures 5.25″ in diameter. The bottom measures 4″ wide in diameter. It remains in very good condition with no breaks in the fibers.

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Basket Makah Style with Cover

Basket Makah Style with Cover

Basket Makah Style with Cover

Add this lovely round Makah style Basket to your collection. The basketmaker used geometric designs on the cover and side.  It comes with a tag that says ‘Makah’ on it.   Makah Natives use Bear Grass and Cedar bark to make their Baskets.

This Basket stands 2.25″ tall with the lid on. It measures just about 4″ in diameter. It is well made and in very good condition.  The colors on the outside have faded some.  Display it in your Basket collection, or use it to store small items.  One of a Kind!

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Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands

Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands

Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands

By Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh & William A. Turnbaugh. 176 pgs. Hardcover.

Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands is a profusely illustrated review of Northeastern ash & sweetgrass baskets. This volume considers manufacture, decorations, and types of baskets from carrying baskets to vases to cradles.

Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands is essential for the collector and informational and entertaining for the history or basket enthusiast. This book includes a list of American museums that have collections of Northeastern baskets.

Color photographs.

ISBN 9780764347290

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Basket Penobscot Style with Twists

Basket Penobscot Style with Twists

Basket Penobscot Style with Twists

This Penobscot Style Basket with Twists will make a nice addition to your collection. The basket maker used tan and brown split ash and made an unusual designed bottom. The basket has nice oak loop handles.

The basket measures 6.25″ tall and the opening measures 4.5″ x 5″.

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Basket Tan Woven Round

Basket Tan Woven Round

Basket Tan Woven Round

This Round Woven Tan Basket is made in the Cherokee Style with a double weave. The basket maker used natural river cane to weave one basket inside another giving it two walls.

The basket measures approx. 8″ in diameter and 5.25″ tall and is in good condition.

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Basket Southwest Papago Style

Basket Southwest Papago Style

Small Southwestern Papago Style Basket

This Southwest Papago Style Basket is made with coils of grass and yucca and devil’s claw on the darker design. The flat round base is very sturdy. The basket measures 2″ tall and 6″ at the widest point. The base measures 3″ in diameter. Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the in the early 1900s.

This vintage Southwest Papago Style Basket has some damage to the base and fading of the darker design. Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

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Basket Yarn Holder Hong Kong Cord and Ash

Basket Yarn Holder

Yarn Holder Ash Basket

This beautiful handmade vintage Ash and Hong Kong Cord Basket was made to hold yarn while you knit. The removable lid has a hole in it for the yarn to feed through. The lid is damaged with breaks in the ash splints. The handles are made with braided Hong Kong cord. The Hong Kong cord was dyed red and the inside of the basket shows the bright color it was originally.

The Basket measures 7.5″ high with the lid on. The lid measures 5.5″ in diameter. The bottom measures 4.5″ in diameter.  The hole in the lid measures 1.25″ in diameter.  The opening of the Basket itself measures 5″ in diameter.

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Basket Large Sewing with Pincushions

Basket Large Sewing with Pincushions

Basket Large Sewing with Pincushions

This Large Sewing Basket comes with two Pincushions!  The basketmaker used braided Sweetgrass and Dark Green Ash Splints to create this round Basket.   A piece of braided Sweetgrass with decorative curls serves as a handle on the slightly concave lid.

Inside you will find two Velveteen Pincushions with Sweetgrass & Ash Splint bases.  One has brown Velveteen and measures 2″ in diameter. The other  has lost its Velveteen nap and measures 3″ in diameter.

The Sewing Basket measures 9.75″ in diameter and stands 3.5″ tall with the lid on.  You will see minor split breakage on the bottom.  Otherwise, this Basket is in very good condition.

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Basket Ash & Sweetgrass Sewing Kit

Basket Ash & Sweetgrass Sewing Kit

Red Ash Sewing Kit Basket

This Sewing Kit Basket made with Ash & Sweetgrass comes with a thimble, and an attached pincushion and thimble holder!  The basketmaker used braided Sweetgrass and Red Ash Splints to create this round Basket.  The lid has a small yarn bow in the center. The Pincushion is made with red velveteen and ash and still has three pins. The thimble holder is made of sweetgrass with the same red velveteen fabric lining the inside and rim.

You will see minor split breakage on the bottom.  Otherwise, this Basket is in very good condition.

The Sewing Basket measures 8″ in diameter and stands 2.5″ tall with the lid on.  The pincushion measures 2.5″ in diameter and the thimble hold is 1″ in diameter.

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Basket Nootka Style With Cover

Basket Nootka Style With Cover

Nootka Style Basket with Cover and Red Wave Design

Add this delightful Nootka Style Basket With Cover to your collection!  This Beargrass Basket features red and blue colored wave designs. Nootka baskets are known for their intricate designs and skilled weaving techniques. The baskets are often decorated with symbolic designs that represent elements of Nuu-chah-nulth culture. The designs are created using a technique known as twining, in which two or more weavers interlace strands of material around a central core.

This little Basket stands just 2″ tall with the lid on and 3.5″ in diameter.

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Baskets Set of Five Twig

Set of five nesting twig baskets.

Set of Five Nesting Twig Baskets

This set of five twig baskets with handles is in good condition. The basket maker wove the twigs to make the base and added one twig for each handle. The baskets nest perfectly inside each other. The largest basket measures 3″ in diameter at the base and has a 4″ diameter opening. It stands approx. 6″ tall with the handle. The smallest basket is just 3″ tall and has a 1″ diameter base. One of a Kind!

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Basket Southwestern Five Figures

Basket Papago Five Figures

Five Figures Southwestern Grass Basket

This beautiful handwoven Southwestern Basket with Five Figures has an interesting open weave rim.   The basket is made with coils of  grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark rim and pictorial design of the human figures. The figures have their arms down to the side and a head cover.

The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 6″ in diameter and stands about 6.5″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Ash & Sweetgrass Curled Feet

Basket Ash and Sweetgrass Curled Feet

Ash & Sweetgrass Basket with Red Curls

This Basket Ash with Lid will make a perfect addition to your collection! The basket maker used predominately light color Ash Splints, then added a band of sweetgrass on the edge of the cover. The curls are made of ash that has been dyed red and the cover has a delicate 1″ loop on the top. This basket is in excellent condition!

The Basket measures 7″ tall with the cover on. The cover measures 8″ in diameter and 2″ high.

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Basket Southwestern Style Diamond – 30% Off!

Basket Southwestern Style Diamond

Basket Southwestern Style Diamond

This handwoven Early Southwestern Style Basket with Diamond design is made with coils of grass, yucca and devils claw. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 6.25″ in diameter and stands about 7.5″ tall.  It is in good condition with a few broken pieces on the rim. The basket has a wonderful patina. Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Berry Basket Etched Birchbark

Berry Basket Etched Birchbark

Berry Basket Etched Birchbark

This charming Berry Basket will make a welcome addition to your collection!  The artist  made the Berry Basket with two pieces of Birchbark.  He used spruce root to hold it together.  He etched floral designs on the outside.   A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine.   A bent spruce branch stabilizes the top.  Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying/storage handle.

This Berry Basket stands about 8.5″ tall.  The bottom measures approximately 4.5″ in diameter.  The top measures 7″ in diameter.   We got this Basket from a collection. It is in good condition. You will see the bark on the bottom has dried and shrunk so there are gaps at the bottom.  One of a Kind!

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Basket Lidded Ash Sweetgrass

Basket Lidded Ash Sweetgrass

Basket Lidded Ash Sweetgrass

Add this beautiful Lidded Sweetgrass & Ash Basket to your collection or use it to store crafting supplies! The basket maker made it with braided Sweetgrass and dyed Ash Splints.   Most of the color on the splints has faded on the outside, but  peek inside and you will find Blue & Green splits.

This Basket measures 7″ in diameter and stands 3″ high with the lid on.  It is in very good condition with few breaks in the splints.

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Basket Southwestern Style Tray

Basket Southwestern Style Tray 1

Handmade Southwestern Style Tray

Add this Basket Southwestern Style Tray to your collection!  The basket maker made it in the Papago style with coils of grass, yucca and devils claw. Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.  This flat tray measures 13.75″ in diameter on the bottom and stands 1.25″ tall.  It is in good condition with a few broken splints on the bottom rim.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!  One of a Kind!

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Baskets Papago Style Set of 3

Set of 3 Papago Style Baskets.

Papago Style Baskets – 1 container and 2 trays

This Set of 3 beautiful handwoven Papago Style Baskets will make a nice addition to your collection! The baskets are made with coils of grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the darker designs. Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

The larger tray has a tag with the weaver’s name and information about the piece. It is a wheat stich basket that measures approx. 9.25″ in diameter and 1″ tall.  The smaller tray also has a tag with the artist’s name and location. The piece measures 8.5″ in diameter and stands 1.5″ tall.  The smallest container measures 5.25″ x 4.5″ and stands 2″ tall.

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Basket Ash Letter Holder

Ash Basket Letter Holder.

Handmade Ash Splint Basket with Sweetgrass and Hong Kong Cord

Add this beautiful handmade Ash Letter Holder Basket to your collection! The crafter used Hong Kong cord, natural and ash splints dyed red, blue and green in the design which you can still see on original vibrant colors on the bottom of the basket. Sweetgrass bands line the top opening and a ash splint ring is attached to hang the piece on the wall.

The Basket measures 6.25″ tall and the opening measures 5″ x 9″. This piece is in good condition with few breaks in the splints. The ring is not too sturdy and may need to be reattached if you wish to hang it on the wall.

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Basket Southwestern Lidded – 25% Off!

Basket Papago Lidded

Lidded Southwestern Grass Basket

This beautiful handwoven Lidded Southwestern Basket is made with coils of  grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark staircase design. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 5.25″ in diameter and stands about 4″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Southwestern 5 Inch

Basket Southwestern 5 Inch

Basket Southwestern 5 Inch

This beautiful handwoven 5 Inch Southwestern Basket is made with coils of  grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark design. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 5″ in diameter and stands about 3″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Southwestern Geometric Pattern

Basket Southwestern Geometric Pattern

Basket Southwestern Geometric Pattern

This beautiful handwoven Southwestern Basket with Geometric Pattern is made with coils of grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark pictorial and rim design. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 6.25″ in diameter and stands about 4.5″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Mini Nootka Style

Basket Mini Nootka Style

Mini Nootka Style Basket

Add this delightful miniature Basket to your collection!  This Beargrass Basket features a brightly colored Fish design on one side and two Paddlers in a boat on the other.  It comes with a tag that says NOOTKA BEARGRASS 1967.  This little Basket stands just 1 3/8″ tall with the lid on and 1.5″ in diameter.  It is in excellent condition.

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Basket Antique Salish Style

Basket Antique Salish Style

Basket Antique Salish Style

Add this Antique Salish Style Basket to your collection! This cherry basket is made with coiled cedar bark on the bottom and the design is made with white bear grass, wild red cherry bark and black mud-dyed cherry bark. The basket stands 8.5″ tall and measures 13.25″ x 11″.

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Basket with Cover Papago Style

Papago Style Basket with Lid

Beautiful Southwestern Style Basket With Cover

This Papago Style Basket with Cover is made with coils of  grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark staircase design. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 4.5″ in diameter and stands about 6″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Elm Bark Container

Basket Elm Bark Container

Basket Elm Bark Container

Traditional crafter Jennifer Lee made this Elm Bark Container Basket. The elm bark is laced together with spruce root cortege and a braided hemp shoulder strap. The inside of the basket is signed by the artist.

The container measures 20″ long and 6″ wide at the widest part at the bottom. The opening is 5″ in diameter.

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Birchbark Berry Basket

Birchbark Berry Basket

Etched Birchbark Berry Basket

Add this lovely Birchbark Berry Basket to your collection!  The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green.  He created two different botanical designs on the sides. As it dried, the image darkened.  The artist used spruce root to hold it together.   This container does not have a cover or a handle.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  This Berry Basket stands 6″ tall.  The bottom measures 4″ in diameter.  The top opening measures 5.5″ in diameter.  The Container came from a collection. It shows slight signs of wear, but is in very good condition. One of a Kind!

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Basket Southwestern Style Figural

Basket Southwestern Style Figural

8 Inch Southwestern Papago Style Figural Basket

This beautiful handwoven Southwestern Style Figural Basket is made with coils of grass and yucca. Devil’s claw is used to make the dark pictorial design of the human figures. The five figures have their arms down to the side. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 5″ in diameter and stands about 3.25″ tall.  This piece has some damage around the rim.

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Kunu’s Basket: A Story from Indian Island

Kunu's Basket: A Story from Indian Island

Kunu’s Basket: A Story from Indian Island

By Lee Decora Francis.  Softcover. 34 pgs.

Young Kunu wants to make baskets like his father and grandfather.  But when he tries to make one himself, he discovers how difficult it is.

His grandfather teaches him the skills of basketmaking and Kunu makes his own pack basket.

Full color illustrations.

ISBN  9780884484615

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Painting Kachina Basket Dancer

Painting Kachina Basket Dancer

Victor Trujillo Kachina Painting

This framed painting of a Kachina Basket Dancer was painted by Victor Trujillo.  Victor is also known as Tehn Tsa which means ‘White Aspen’.  He lived in the Taos/San Juan Pueblos and created many paintings during the 1970s and 1980s.  He went on to carve Kachinas.

This painting is called Kachina Basket Dancer.  Tehn Tsa painted it in 1982.  It comes matted  in a frame under glass with information written on the back. The frame measures 15.5″ x 12.5″.  The art measures 9.5″ x 7.25″.

The Wandering Bull, LLC has had this painting since the 1980s.  It has been displayed for most of that time. The frame shows a little wear, but the art is intact.

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Birchbark Basket with Etched Daisy

Birchbark Basket with Etched Daisy

Birchbark Basket with Etched Daisy

This Etched Birchbark Basket features a Daisy on the cover with birds and floral designs on the sides. The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green. As it dried, the image darkened. The artist used spruce root to hold the container together. He made the cover with two pieces of Birchbark. The cover is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container. You will see holes on either end with Leather Lacing that serves as a handle.

This Container stands 4.25″ tall. The bottom measures 3.25″ x 3.5″. The cover measures 4″ in diameter. We got this container from a collection. Structurally it is in very good condition. It will make a lovely display piece! One of a Kind!

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Antique Wall Pocket Whimsy – 25% Off!

Antique Wall Pocket Whimsy

Antique Wall Pocket Whimsy

A crafter created this Beaded Wall Pocket Whimsy around 1900. It is a classic example of a Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenir. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This whimsy comes in the shape of a wall pocket. The artist chose Clear Seed Beads for most of the 3 dimensional design. He or she also used Transparent Amber Seed Beads and Silver lined Basket Beads. The bottom and side feature loops of Clear and Silver lined Basket Beads. The design features Floral motifs on the top and a Bird on a branch on the pocket.

Polished cotton in a reddish color covers the front and a neutral colored fabric covers the back and the inside of the pocket.

This Whimsy came from a previous owner, but it remains in good condition. You will see some bead loss and places where the fabric has torn or worn away.  Additionally, you will see staining and discoloration on the fabric on the back and inside the pocket.

This Beaded Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures approx 8″ tall  x 6″ wide not including the Basket Bead loops.  The pocket extends about 4″ from the back of the Whimsy.

One of a kind!

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Wood Bowls – 20% Off!

Maple Wood Bowls

 Wood Bowls

Our Wood Bowls make perfect serving and storage tableware for Living History Re-enactors. These bowls are made with natural hardwoods.  Furthermore, our Bowls are oiled to prevent cracking. You will find them sanded smooth inside and ready to use.

The natural beauty and functionality of our these wood bowls will make them useful and attractive in your home, too! The natural wood looks warm and sturdy.  And because they are wood, unlike ceramic, they will not easily break!  Use one for a table centerpiece or to hold fresh fruit. You can make also one into the ‘basket’ part of a gift basket for an exceptional presentation!

Whether you are using them for your historically authentic camp, or as an alternative to baskets or ceramic bowls at home, you will be pleased with the looks and quality of these bowls.

Hand wash only.

Choose from 3 sizes:

  • 6″ diameter
  • 8″ diameter
  • 10″ diameter

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Whimsy Beaded Matchbox 1902 – 25% Off!

Whimsey Iroquois Matchbox 1902

Whimsy Beaded Matchbox 1902

This 1902 Beaded Matchbox Whimsy was made using Amber, Blue and Clear Pony Beads. The crafter beaded a raised pictorial design and the year on the front. You will also see some gray and tan Basket Beads along with brass colored sequins in the design. The crafter added Beaded Looped Tassels made with pony and basket beads. The tassels have some bead loss. The whimsey has a threaded loop on the top to hang it up. The red fabric is faded on the front and has worn away only in a few small sections at the bottom where the cardboard backing shows through. The silk fabric on the back of the piece stained a dark brown color.

The 1902 Matchbox Whimsey measures about 6.25″ at the widest section and 8.25″ tall not including the 2″ tassels. Each pocket is 2″ x 1″ at the opening.

This is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a kind!

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Whimsy Watch Pocket Antique

Whimsy Watch Pocket Antique

Whimsy Watch Pocket Antique

A crafter created this Beaded Antique Watch Pocket Whimsy with red, clear and blue seed beads on red cotton fabric. Polished cotton covers the back. The eight remaining tassels are made with blue and brown basket beads and clear seed beads. Although one tassel is missing, the piece remains in good condition with very little bead loss on the pictorial design.

It is a classic example of a Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenir. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade. This whimsy comes in the shape of a wall pocket that holds your pocket watch.  This Beaded Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures approx. 3.5″ x 2.75″ not including the Basket Bead loops.

One of a kind!

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Whimsy Pin Cushion Beaded

Whimsy Pin Cushion Beaded

Whimsy Pin Cushion Beaded

A crafter created this Antique Beaded Pin Cushion Whimsy in a spade shape. The artist used clear, transparent yellow, green and red, blue and navy blue seed beads with gray and blue basket beads to make the raised pictorial design. They used basket and seed beads to make the tassels. The whimsy has some bead loss and fading on the fabric. Red fabric lines the sides with clear beads. The dark brown polished cotton back has some fading. A previous owner used this cushion, and it still has a pin in it.

This whimsy is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.  This Pin Cushion will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures about 8″ long x  7″ wide. The thickness is about 3.5″.

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Whimsy Pin Cushion Heart

Whimsy Heart Pin Cushion

Whimsy Pin Cushion Heart

A crafter created this Heart Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads and Gray Basket Beads. Three tassels made of seed and basket beads hang from the bottom. It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Whimsy comes in the shape of a heart. The front shows a dark blue fabric. Crafters often create Whimsies with velveteen, but we can see no nap left on this fabric to suggest it was velveteen.  Polished cotton in a tan color makes up the back. You will see some staining on the back and edges, and minimal bead loss.

The Whimsy measures 4″ long x 3.75″ wide.

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Whimsey Antique Green Beaded Matchbox

Whimsey Antique Green Beaded Matchbox

Antique Beaded Matchbox Whimsey

This 1906 Green Beaded Matchbox Whimsy was made using green and gray Pony Beads on cotton fabric. You will also see some gray and green Basket Beads along with brass colored sequins in the design. The crafter added Beaded Looped Tassels made with pony and basket beads and black silk fabric to the back.

The 1906 Matchbox Whimsey measures about 4.5″ at the widest section and 6″ tall not including the 1.5″ tassels. The pocket is 2.5″ x 1″ at the opening.

This is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a kind!

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Whimsy Beaded Box Purple

Whimsy Beaded Box Purple

Antique Beaded Whimsy Box

This Whimsy Beaded Box Purple will make a fabulous display piece.  The crafter used two shades of purple velveteen for the sides and a slate blue colored material for the top cover.  He or she created the three dimensional beadwork using Clear, Transparent  Green, Transparent Yellow, Transparent Red, and Transparent Blue Pony Beads.  The crafter lined the inside with a deep teal green colored polished cotton alternating with natural colored cotton.

The beaded ‘chain’ features Clear Seed Beads interspersed with Amber Basket Beads.  Beaded loops of Clear Pony Beads and Green Basket Beads hang from the bottom. The box measures approximately 4 inches x 3.5 inches.  It stands about 3 inches tall.  The beadwork is intact and the velveteen is bright and soft.  The top fabric has one hole and  you will see discoloration on the inside.    One of a Kind!

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs that Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States made for the tourist trade.  Whimsies refer to small decorative items or trinkets that  Native American artisans hand craft using intricate beadwork techniques. These ‘whimsical’ creations often come in practical shapes and styles like pincushions, match holders, picture frames, needle cases, bags and small decorative cushions.  One of a Kind!

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Whimsy Floral Matchstick Holder

Beaded matchstick holder whimsy with floral design.

Matchstick Holder Whimsey with Floral Design

This Floral Whimsy Matchstick Holder was made using Transparent Yellow, Red, Light Purple, Gray, and Clear Pony Beads. You will also find green and brown basket beads along with brass sequins in the design. The crafter beaded two flowers on the two front pockets. The top and bottom are beaded along with beading along the edges. The crafter added Beaded Looped Tassels made with pony and basket beads. The whimsey has a beaded loop on the top to hang it up. The gold polished cotton fabric is in good condition.

This Floral Matchstick Holder Whimsy measures about 5.5 inches at the widest section and 7 inches tall not including the 1″ tassels. Each pocket is 2″ x .75″ at the opening.

This is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a kind!

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Whimsy Pillow Beaded Duck

Whimsy Pillow Beaded Duck

Antique Beaded Whimsy Pillow with Duck Design

This Whimsy Pillow Beaded Duck features designs in transparent Pony Beads.  The crafter made this beaded pillow in an inverted spade shape.  He or she used bright pink fabric and a dark red polished cotton material.  Then he or she created the beaded botanical designs with a duck in the center.  Clear, Transparent  Green, Transparent Yellow,  and Transparent Blue Pony Beads make up the main design.  Gray Basket Beads accent the designs. The word ‘DUCK’ appears on the front in Transparent Blue Seed Beads.  The scalloped edges feature edge beading and beaded loops of Clear Pony Beads accented with Pink lined Clear, Green lined Clear, Turquoise, Black and Red Basket Beads.  The crafter backed the pillow with dark red colored polished cotton.  The pillow measures approximately 7 inches x 7.5 inches.  It is about 2 inches thick.  You will see very little bead loss.  The pink fabric on the front shows several holes.  You will see discoloration and stains on the natural colored fabric.    One of a Kind!

This Whimsy Pillow Beaded Duck is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs that Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States made for the tourist trade.  Native American beaded whimsies refer to small decorative items or trinkets that  Native American artisans hand craft using intricate beadwork techniques. These ‘whimsical’ creations often come in practical shapes and styles like pincushions, match holders, picture frames, needle cases, bags and small decorative cushions.  One of a Kind!

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Beaded Panel Iroquois Style

Beaded Panel Iroquois Style

Beaded Iroquois Style Fabric Panel

Add this exquisite Beaded Panel Iroquois Style to your collection today!  The crafter created a beaded frame with Transparent Seed Beads and Basket Beads on red fabric.  A pale green-gray fabric appears in the circles at each corner of the piece.  Around the edges, the crafter attached beaded loops with Transparent Seed Beads and Basket Beads.  The crafter backed the piece with an off white fabric.

This item is reminiscent of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs made by Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States.  Native American beaded whimsies refer to small decorative items or trinkets that  Native American artisans hand craft using intricate beadwork techniques. These ‘whimsical’ creations often come in practical shapes and styles like pincushions, match holders, picture frames, needle cases, bags and small decorative cushions.  One of a Kind!

You will find this Beaded Panel Iroquois Style in good condition for its age.  About one third of the beaded loops on the side have come off and you will see deterioration of the fabric along the edges.  The beadwork on the front is intact.  This piece measures 11.5 inches x 12 inches.  One of a Kind!

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Birchbark Container with Flowers & Ducks

Birchbark Container with Flowers & Ducks

Etched Long Birchbark Container with Flowers and Ducks

This long Birchbark Container features etched Duck and Flower designs.  The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green.  As it dried, the image darkened.  The artist used spruce root to hold it together.  He stitched together two pieces of Birchbark for the cover.  The cover is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container.   Flower designs appear on all sides of the container. On the top you will see two Duck images.  A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  This Container stands 5″ tall. The bottom measures 13″ x 5.5″.  The cover measures 14″ x  7.5″.  This basket came from a collection. You will see some water stains on the bottom and a little warping on the cover.  It is in good condition structurally.  One of a Kind!

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North by Northeast

North by Northeast

North by Northeast

Wabanaki, Akwesasne, Mohawk, and Tuscarora Traditional Arts. By Kathleen Mundell. 120 pgs. Softcover.

North by Northeast shares the art and experiences of practicing Northeastern artisans. Mundell profiles over 35 traditional artists working primarily in Maine and New York. This book recognizes the resourcefulness and creativity of these artists.  These artists belong to the Wabanaki, Akwesasne Mohawk and Tuscarora people.

It features basketry, beadwork, canoe making, wood carving and quilting.  The text discusses how these artisans learned their craft and how the products they create have developed over time.

This is not a guidebook, but you will find it inspiring for your own craftwork.

Color and Black & White photographs of the artists and their creations.

ISBN 978-0884483052

Porcupine Quills

Selection of natural and dyed porcupine quills.

Quills – Porcupine

Native Americans have used Porcupine Quills to embellish many items starting before contact with Europeans. They have created unique and beautiful designs on clothing, baskets, bags and other items. Quillwork is a truly traditional Native American craft.

To use Quills, the crafter softens them in water to make them pliable. Then the crafter flattens or wraps the quills to create a design.

We offer Porcupine Quills in both natural white and a selection of colors.

Choose from:

  • Natural
  • Black
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Light Blue ( only Blue 1-2023)
  • Dark Blue
  • Purple
  • Assorted

You can buy quills in 1/4 oz or 1 oz packages. Quill lengths vary between 1″- 3″.  We do not sort them, so expect to cull out quills that are too short.   Our Natural quills have been washed once,  there may be some hair.   You can wash again or use as is.  (Remember, quills are hollow and lightweight. 1/4 oz packages have over 200 quills, 1 oz packages contain over 1000 quills).

Watch our video Porcupine Quill Work to learn more about this unique craft!

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Beaded Boot Pincushion/Whimsy

Iroquois Beaded Boot Pincushion/Whimsy

Beaded Boot Pincushion/Whimsy

A crafter created this Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads and Clear Basket Beads.  It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Whimsy comes in the shape of a ladies’ boot.    The front shows a dark red fabric.  Crafters often create Whimsies with velveteen, but we can see no nap left on this fabric to suggest it was velveteen.  Polished cotton in a tan color makes up the back.

Someone added a braided Wool Yarn loop to the back of this Whimsy.  You will see a frayed place on the yarn, so you may not be able to hang it with this yarn. You will see some staining on the back, but the beadwork remains intact.

The Antique Beaded Pincushion Whimsy measures 4″ long x 3″ wide.

One of a Kind!

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Whimsy Pincushion Berry Drops

Whimsy Pincushion Berry Drops

Whimsy Pincushion Berry Drops

A crafter created this Pincushion Whimsy with Berry Drops  using Clear Seed Beads and Clear Basket Beads.  It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Pin Cushion features a botanical design. It comes with three  beaded “berry” drops. Unlike the strawberries that held sand for sharpening your sewing needles, stuffing fills these berries.  One of them has broken open. Strands of clear beads connect the three berries.

Polished cotton in a rich teal color makes up the back.  You will see obvious wear on the edges.  Some beads are missing from the pin cushion itself. The bead loss on the berries is obvious.  Only two beaded tassels that hung from the berries remain.

This Beaded Berry Drop Pincushion Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures 3.5″ square. The overall length measures 5.25″ long.

One of a kind!

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Antique Whimsy Pin Cushion

Antique Whimsy Pin Cushion

Antique Whimsy Pin Cushion

A crafter created this Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads and Clear Basket Beads.  It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Pin Cushion features a bird design surrounded by leaves in the corners. One corner still has looped tassels that probably appeared on the other corners as well. The crafter beaded the design on a tan velveteen fabric.  Most of the nap of this fabric has worn away.  Polished cotton in a tan color makes up the back.

You will see many beads are missing from the edges of the pin cushion itself. Most of the design remains intact but the beads have become very dark.  Some of the clear beads are red and yellow. You will also see Green Seed beads in two of the corners. A white paint like substance appears in a few spots on the front. A previous owner used this Pin Cushion, and it still has several pins in it.

This Beaded Pin Cushion will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures about 4.5″ square. The thickness is about 1.5″ and the filling seems to be intact.

One of a kind!

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Whimsy Scalloped Edge Pin Cushion – 25% Off!

Iroquois Whimsy Scalloped Pin Cushion

Whimsy Scalloped Edge Pin Cushion

A crafter beaded this Scalloped Edge Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear and colored Pony Beads. You will also see some gray-looking Basket Beads. The crafter also added Beaded Looped Tassels with Clear Pony Beads on each corner of the Pin Cushion.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Pin Cushion features a floral/botanical design. The crafter beaded the design on what may have been a tan or yellow velveteen fabric which has mostly worn away.   Polished cotton in teal blue surrounded by red bias tape edging makes up the back.  You will see holes in the back fabric and sawdust is coming out.

The Beadwork on this Pin Cushion is beautiful, but the piece has not aged well.  In addition to the holes in the back fabric, the front shows significant tears.  Much of the velveteen has worn away.  Most of the beadwork seems to be intact, but you will see that some of the edge tassels have come loose. Some of the edge beads have fallen off as well.  You will find several pins remain in this Whimsy, signs that a previous owner used it for a Pin Cushion.

It measures about 7″ x  8″ not including the side tassels. The thickness is about 3″.

One of a kind!

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Deer Bone Needles

Deer Bone Needles

Deer Bone Needles

We have several packages of natural Deer Bone Needles available. Our crafter made them from Deer leg bones.  Each comes with a hole in the top for your Thread, Sinew or Lacing. You can use these natural Needles to sew Leather (punch holes with an Awl first) with Leather Lacing.  They will also be a nice addition to a display of historical tools for Living History Events and educational programs.

Historically, Native Americans used Bone Needles to sew Clothing, Nets, Mats and Baskets.  They have used the bones of several animals, including Deer, Buffalo and Elk to make Needles and other tools.

Many of these Needles measure about 3″ long. Some will be smaller. They are a natural product, so expect variations in size and color.

We sell these in packages of 3.  Limited Quantities!

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Sweetgrass Bundles

Sweetgrass Loose Bundle

Sweetgrass Bundles – Lose

We have fresh Sweetgrass in unbraided bundles.  Use it as material for Baskets or other crafts, or create your own Sweetgrass Braids! Sweetgrass emits a wonderful fragrance!  Some people use it for smudging.   We love it when we get a new shipment in at the shop because it smells so delightful!    You can keep your Sweetgrass fresher if you store it in a cool, dark place.

We are selling this Sweetgrass in 1 ounce and 1 pound bundles.  Limited Quantities!  You may also like our Sweetgrass Braids!

We also offer a Sweetgrass & Lavender Incense Wand.

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Whimsy Beaded Picture Frame

Whimsy Picture Frame

Whimsy Beaded Picture Frame

A crafter created this Beaded Picture Frame Whimsy around 1900. It is a classic example of a Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenir. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This antique whimsy is a very unique shape for a picture frame. The artist chose Clear Seed Beads for most of the raised floral design and on the bottom loops and used gray basket beads. Polished cotton in a reddish color covers the front and silk covers the back and the inside of the pocket. Green fabric covers the edges. In some places you can see the paper used for the design.

This Whimsy came from a previous owner, but it remains in good condition. You will see some bead loss and places where the fabric has torn or worn away.  Additionally, one of the hanging loops on the top is broken with some bead loss. This Beaded Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures approx. 7″ tall  x 6″ wide not including the beaded loops.  The picture place measures 3.25″ x 2.25″.

One of a kind!

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Rogan Birchbark with Cover – 25% Off!

Rogan Birchbark with Cover

Rogan Birchbark with Cover

Add this beautiful Birchbark Rogan with Cover to your collection! The artist etched the botanical design on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green.  As it dried, the image darkened.  The artist used spruce root to hold it together.  He or she added an inside rim of Birchbark to the top opening.  A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.  The cover is attached with a piece of dark brown Deerskin Leather Lacing.

This Rogan stands 8.5″ tall.  The bottom measures 11.5″ x 7.5″.  The cover measures 9.5″ x 8.5″.

We got this Birchbark Rogan with Cover from a collection. You will see some marks on it.  The cover and inner rim are not securely attached.  It will make a lovely display piece!

One of a Kind!

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Whimsy Beaded Box Gray & Red

Whimsy Beaded Box Gray & Red

Whimsy Beaded Box Gray & Red

A crafter beaded this antique  Whimsy Beaded Box around the turn of the 20th cent. He or she used transparent Pony Beads in Red, Green. Blue, Yellow and Clear to create lazy stitch edging.  On each panel, the crafter made simple center designs with Clear Pony Beads and Gray Basket Beads.  On the bottom you wil see several beaded loops made with Clear Pony Beads.

Each side of the box is covered with either Red or Gray fabric.  The crafter lined the inside of the box with blue polished cotton.  The Box is intact. You will see insect damage in spots on the fabric on the side panels and minor bead loss.  This box measures approximately 2.5″ long x 1.75″ wide x 2.25″ tall not including the beaded loops.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a Kind!

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Antique Needle Case Niagara – 25% Off!

Needle Case Iroquois Niagara

Antique Needle Case Niagara

This Antique Niagara Needle Case will make a welcome addition to your collection! The crafter made it with green cotton. He or she created a three dimensional floral design with a bird using Clear Seed and Basket beads.  Clear Seed Bead loops decorate the edges.  Inside you will find pink polished cotton.

The bead loss on this case is minimal.  Some of the Clear Seed Bead loops on the edge have come off. The case measures about 4.5″ x 4.5″ at the widest points.

Though it is not recommended that you use this case for needles, it will make a beautiful display piece!   One of a Kind!

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One of a Kind!

Whimsy Pillow Top with Flags

Whimsy Pillow Top with Flags

Whimsy Pillow Top with Flags

A crafter beaded this antique scalloped edge Pillow Top Whimsy with Flags using clear and red, blue, green and yellow Pony Beads. You will also see some gray and white Basket Beads along with brass sequins on tan velveteen fabric. The crafter added Beaded Looped Tassels with Clear Pony Beads around each corner. Two flags and a raised pictorial  floral design with a eagle adorn the front of this pillow top.

The Beadwork on this Pin Cushion is beautiful, but the piece has some bead loss on the floral design and on the tassels. The velveteen has some fading and shows some wear.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

It measures about 9″ x  10″ not including the side tassels. The thickness is about .5″.

One of a kind!

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Whimsy Beaded Boot Pincushion

Whimsy Beaded Boot Pincushion

Whimsy Beaded Boot Pincushion

An crafter created this Beaded Boot Pincushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads around the edges and tassels.  The tassels also have clear and white basket beads. The center has a raised floral pictorial design using clear, rose and yellow seed beads. The sea green cotton fabric on the front of this piece has shows significant wear, and the red polished cotton back has some fading. This Whimsy comes in the shape of a ladies’ boot. It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

The Antique Beaded Pincushion Whimsy measures 4.25″ long x 3″ wide.

One of a Kind!

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Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Purple

Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Purple

Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Purple

A crafter beaded this Whimsy Beaded Box with transparent Pony Beads in Red, Green. Blue, Yellow, Purple and Clear to create lazy stitch edging.  On each panel, the crafter made simple center designs with Clear Pony Beads and Gray Basket Beads.  On the bottom you will see several beaded loops made with Clear Pony Beads.

Each side of the box is covered with either Red or Purple fabric.  The crafter lined the inside of the box with pink and purple polished cotton.  The Box is intact. You will see insect damage in spots on the fabric on the side panels and minor bead loss.  This box measures approximately 2.5″ long x 1.75″ wide x 2.25″ tall not including the beaded loops.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a Kind!

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Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Blue

Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Blue e

Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Blue

A crafter beaded this Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Blue with transparent Pony Beads in Red, Green. Blue, Yellow, and Clear to create lazy stitch edging.  On each panel, the crafter made simple center designs with Clear Pony Beads and Gray Basket Beads.  On the bottom you will see several beaded loops made with Clear Pony Beads.

Each side of the Beaded Box is covered with either Red or Blue fabric.  The crafter lined the inside of the box with pink polished cotton.  The Box is intact. You will see insect damage in spots on the fabric on the side panels and minor bead loss.  The box has a six inch hanging loop made of two strings of clear beads. This box measures approximately 3.5″ long x 2.5″ wide x 2.5″ tall not including the beaded loops.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a Kind!

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Whimsy Beaded Box Blue

Whimsy Beaded Box

Whimsy Beaded Box Blue

A crafter beaded this Blue Whimsy Beaded Box with transparent Pony Beads in Red, Yellow, and Clear to create lazy stitch edging.  On each panel, the crafter made simple center designs with Clear Pony Beads and Gray Basket Beads.  On the bottom you will see several beaded loops made with Clear Pony Beads as well as a hanging loop on the top.

Each side of the box is covered with either Blue or Purple fabric.  The crafter lined the inside of the box with pink polished cotton.  The Box is intact. You will see insect damage in spots on the fabric on the side panels and minor bead loss.  This box measures approximately 3″ long x 2″ wide x 2.25″ tall not including the beaded loops.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a Kind!

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Indians in Eden

Indians in Eden

Indians in Eden

Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, 1840s – 1920s.  By Bunny McBride and Harald E.L. Prins.  185 pgs. Softcover.

This profusely illustrated book focuses on the resourcefulness of Native Americans living on Mount Desert Island in the 19th and early 20th centuries.   In addition to maintaining their own heritage, they interacted with the tourists (rusticators) who came to vacation in Bar Harbor.  They made and sold items like baskets, moccasins, beadwork, feathers and other items.  Some also served as fishing and tour guides.  You will read about successes and conflicts the Natives experienced during this time.

Black & White photographs & illustrations.

ISBN 9780892728046

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Whimsy Beaded Pillow Spade Shape

Whimsy Beaded Pillow Spade Shape

Whimsy Beaded Pillow Spade Shape

This Antique Beaded Spade-shaped Pillow Whimsy features Clear, Transparent Yellow, Red and Blue Pony Beads on an amber colored velveteen front.  You will also find Transparent Basket Beads in Gray, Teal Green, Red, Brown and White Lined Clear.  The crafter created three dimensional  floral designs and edge beaded the entire piece with Clear Pony Beads.  He or she added several Beaded Loop Drops to the bottom.  The back is a Teal Green polished cotton fabric.

This whimsy is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade. This spade shaped Pillow will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

This Antique Pillow is missing several beads from the front and some of the beaded loops have come off.  The pillow itself is in good condition with signs of wear.  It measures about 11″ long x 11.5″ wide not including the beaded loops. The thickness is about 3″. Put your restoration skills to work to to recreate this beautiful design.  One of a Kind!

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Bowl Birchbark with Etched Flowers

Bowl Birchbark with Etched Flowers

Bowl Birchbark with Etched Flowers

Don’t miss this unique Birchbark Bowl! The artist put this Bowl together with thick pieces of spruce root.  He etched floral designs on the outside.  A bent spruce branch stabilizes the top.  This Bowl will make a striking storage container for light, dry items.

This Bowl stands about 6″ tall.  The bottom measures approximately 6″ in diameter.  The top measures 13″ in diameter.   We got this Bowl from a collection. It is in good structural condition. You will see places where the design is spotty. Use it for storage or display.  One of a Kind!

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Container Birchbark Rectangular with Floral Designs

Container Birchbark Rectangular with Floral Designs

Birchbark Container with Floral Designs

Use this Container Birchbark Rectangular with Floral Designs for storage or add it to your collection. The artist etched Floral designs on the sides and cover with some geometric designs on the ends.   A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine.   He used spruce root to hold it together. A bent spruce branch stabilizes the top opening.  The artist used two pieces of Birchbark for the cover.  It is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container.  A piece of  Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.

Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items.  The Container stands 6″ tall.  The bottom measures 8″ x 5″.  The top of the cover measures approximately 10″ x 6″.  This Container came from a collection. It is in good condition. You will see a scratch on the bottom and a place where something poked through the bark at one corner. The cover is a bit warped.  One of a Kind!

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Rogan Birchbark Etched

Rogan Birchbark Etched

Rogan Birchbark Etched

This Etched Birchbark Rogan comes with a Cover.  The artist etched botanical designs on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green.  As it dried, the image darkened.  The artist used spruce root to hold it together.  The artist used two pieces of Birchbark for the cover.  The cover is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container. A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine.   A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.

This Rogan stands 7″ tall.  The bottom measures 8.5″ x 7.5″.  The cover measures 8.25″ x 6.5″.  We got this Rogan from a collection. You will see a small hole on one side and some discoloration on the bottom. Structurally it is in very good condition.  It will make a lovely display piece!  One of a Kind!

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