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Natural Materials: Black Ash

Plant identification, cultivating, harvesting and processing Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra) as a natural material used for basketmaking.

Black Ash Basketry - The Process
Feature article on how to identify and process a black ash log into woodsplints by pounding apart the growth rings.

Black Ash Basketry - The Material
Identifying and selecting a brown ash tree to pound into basketry woodsplint.

Black Ash Plant Information
Photos of the summer and fall leaf growth and a description of the growing habits of Fraxinus nigra.

How To Pound A Black Ash Log Into Woodsplints
Simple step by step instructions on how to pound a Black Ash log into woodsplint for basketry.

Tree and Tradition
This article details the use of Brown Ash in Maine Native American Basketmaking.

Processing Black Ash
Flash movie featuring Arnelda Jacobs, an Ojibway elder from the Serpent River First Nation in Northern Ontario selecting and processing a black ash log. She was featured in a flash movie clip on a page about non-timber forest products that is no longer active. The original movie clip was still available from Science.gc.ca, the Government of Canada’s official science portal as of May 15, 2008.

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