I just finished up writing the basket making section of my instructions for the Sea of Galilee boat kits that I sell and I thought that this might make a good topic for this section of the forum. I can't remember if Thanasis or I came up with this idea but either way it works out really well.
Make a long segment of cable so that you have some material that is fairly thick in diameter.
Take a US quarter and draw a circle around the perimeter on a piece of wood. Divide the circle into 13 or 11 equally spaced segments and gently pound the nails into the wood at each of these marks. Don’t seat the nails too deeply because we will be removing them in a later step.
Put a little CA on the end of one of a Cable piece to stabilize it and cut a clean edge.
Take the cable and weave it in and out between the nails. An odd number of nails will assure that the weave of each successive row will be “opposite” the row above and below.
Weave 11 rows and make sure that at least a foot of material is left to be woven. Coat the entire basket in diluted Elmers white school glue (diluted 1:1 with water) and allow to dry. Once dry use a pliers to gently pull the pins from the wood. Next coat the final inch of the cable in thin CA glue and allow to dry. This will make the end very stiff and allow it to be used as a “needle.” Pull the nail next to the free end and thread the cable through the space vacated by the nail.
Once the basket is fully woven, cut off the end and make a couple of handles with the left over cable. Coat the basket sides and handle in diluted white glue. Take a piece of wax paper and make a coil of rope the size of the basket for the bottom. Coat the coil in diluted glue.
Once dry, glue the bottom coil onto the basket sides to make a completed basket, use dilited glue to do this.
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