Horace "Dave" Thomas

Wicker Artisan Extraordinaire

How are the vines prepared for use?

Information on the preparation of vines for use in making wicker baskets and furniture in Jamaica.

Dave demonstrates the removal of the outer layer of the air root which is discarded. The inside is the pale golden yellow tough fiber used to make wicker baskets and furniture. Notice that the method used is anything but high tech. This is the way it has been done for centuries. When Dave makes small baskets or very detailed finishing the root needs to be split.