Friday, September 16, 2005

Hamburg Cane

This is the Hamburg cane, as you can see it has a bleached look to it, resulting from the removal of the hard outter shell of the natural cane, so it can be dyed. They may use it for other purposes in chairs they cane, but this is the type of cane needed to dye for baskets.

When making the double woven basket you need to use the same size cane, 2.75 natural and 2.75 Hamburg for dying, otherwise the basket will not be even. Hamburg cane usually comes in 250 or 270 foot hanks, natural cane will come in 1,000 foot hanks or smaller.

I will be using the 2.75 natural and Hamburg cane for these instructions.