Monday, January 02, 2006

Pine Needle 'Caps'



















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The next step is to de-cap the pine-needles, which is simply the process of removing the sticky sheaths where the needles were attatched to a branch. For some baskets, needles with their caps left intact are used as an element in the design, but for the bowl I'm working on they will all be removed.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Ontario Wanderer said...

The pine needle basket looks interesting. I look forward to seeing the rest of the steps. What kind of pine needles are you using? How long are they?

2:52 AM  
Blogger Stefani said...

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing this with us.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

I have an abundance of pine needles, here, plus willow and birch bark. Perhaps I'll try my hand at this some day.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Norene said...

Nice photo. Did you take this with the macro or supermacro? (I still haven't read the manual...)

11:40 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

OW-

The needles are from Jeffrey and Ponderosa pines and average about 9 inches in length.

Hi Stefani-

You're welcome

Deb-

Come to visit and I'll give you lessons accompanied by a few good beers.;~)

Norene-

Thanks, this one was taken in standard macro with the flash.

12:40 PM  

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