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Navajo Wedding Basket Sculpture

Wood Platter

Created by Keoni Carlson
Carved wood platter re-imagined to appear as woven and beaded basketry. Ideal as a centerpiece, tabletop sculpture, or wall hanging. Each piece is unique with some variations.

Traditional Navajo wedding basket design patterns vary but generally contain the hallmark elements of the earth, sun, mountains, and a pathway. The depiction is a guide for the new couple as they begin life together.

To create the piece, a block of sugar maple is spun on a lathe and turned to create the canvas. Spokes and rings are then individually carved. Following a resting period, the wood moisture content is stabilized at 7000' altitude at the artist's Colorado mountain home. Once seasoned, the artwork is moved from the wood shop to the finishing studio, where the design is burned onto the wood using 1/8" straight lines then colored with hand-applied India inks.

Not food or microwave safe; hand wash.

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