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Autumn Kaleidoscope by ButterflyDragon Autumn Kaleidoscope by ButterflyDragon
This Nantucket basket is 10.5" in diameter and 3" high.

The base and rim is made of walnut, cherry, ash, hard maple and mahogany. I had a bunch of small scraps that I sawed, glued, re-sawed, glued, etc. to make the stock to work from.

Woven with Narrow Medium cane and finished off with brass nails in the rim.
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sandpiper764 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Beautiful work on this. I like the kaleidoscope of wood pieces on the rim and base of the bowl. Easily a favorite :)
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Perlandria Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Absolutely gorgeous. Such nice material choices, and lovely in execution. The scraps add just the touch of random which really elevates your obvious craftsmanship into art for art's sake. I favorite a lot of things, but I almost never comment. But how can I not heap praise on this? This is beautiful.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are way too kind. Thank you very much.
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LissaMonster Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
I'm not familiar with Nantucket baskets or anything - just wandering around deviantArt and this caught my eye. Love the woodwork!! And I'm impressed at how even you got all the weaving.
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my-bits-and-pieces Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
that is extremely beautiful! I love the way the different colours of the woods combine.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much.

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hollow-welt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007   Artisan Crafter
wow, did you turn the disk on the bottom or use a router. nice work!
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
The base and the rim were turned. In fact, they were both turned from the same piece of wood.

To make sure the rim matches the base, I always use the same piece of wood, to ensure grain and pattern matches properly. The problem with that is if I mess up on the rim (which is made last, to fit the basket precisely) I pretty much have to start the basket all over from scratch.

Fortunately I've only messed up on one rim in that fashion. lol
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hollow-welt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007   Artisan Crafter
ha! i hear you there. do you turn the wood yourself? i have a lathe. awesome tool. i should turn some stuff this summer.
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ButterflyDragon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep. Bought a lathe specifically for turning my bases and rims. I've yet to really get into bowl turning and other stuff. Too much time making basket stuff. lol

One of these days I'll take a class on turning so I really know what I'm doing.

:D

(I want to try to learn to turn alabaster, saw some really beautiful pieces in a local show)
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