The tuck is the secret to making a strong rattan basket. Tuck is the verb which means pushing the end of a rattan strip under another. This takes care of loose ends, and tightens the basket.
- Wet rattan strips for a half hour for flexibility
- Plan the basket by selecting a small oblong wood box
- Use this wood box form to set up strips that criss cross on the bottom
- Staple each strip and leave about 6 inches spare over the box edge
- These will become the tuck strips
- Weave strips criss-cross on the bottom
- Firm the bottom edge with a strip weaving in and out horizontally
- Weave the sides until you come to the edge.
- Create a rim using strips outside and in
- Cut off inside vertical strips and leave the outside strips
- Point the outside strips with scissor cut
- Bend outside strips over the rim and tuck using an awl
- Place rattan inside and outside the rim and use thin rattan
The last operation is to”sow” the in and out strips to the vertical
- The rim holds the whole basket together and provides a decorative edge
- Tools are a staple, awl and scissors and a wood box
- Making a basket strengthens fingers and prevents arthritis.
Each finger slowly learns until all fingers develop brains. See photos to accompany this instruction sheet. Contact me if you need help.