Horace "Dave" Thomas

Wicker Artisan Extraordinaire

How are the vines gathered?

Information on the gathering process of withes from the bush of Jamaica

Dave makes a trip into the Jamaican bush about once a week to gather the withes or vines. Click on the videos below to see him pulling on the air root of the plant anchored high up in the trees. The root breaks at its weakest point. This does not hurt the plant as the quickly re-grow and not all the roots are used. They have to be at a certain point of maturity to be of use for making the wicker baskets. What he harvests can be of various lengths from 10 feet to 30+ feet. He then bundles them and takes them to be prepared in the next step. Click HERE to see the next step.