On the fig. 1 from Allerød 1902 you can see the steps of the production. It was used for advertising -- on its back we find the price list. Later on they used machinery, if they could, and I will try to explain this to some degree. From the left:
The bowed side of the splints turned down when you plait the bottom, and turned out, when you "plait up".
because it has to be wet when used. The cleaving of the logs and the barking was made outside or in the open barn next to the lake.
The production itself took place in the factory. When the baskets
were made, they had to be dried upstairs, or in summertime in the
building you see top left on fig.3,
The walls of this building were made by boards placed like half closed Venetian
blinds, to allow the wind, but not the light, to get through! I
have never seen a house like that. The smell of the drying
baskets and a few sun rays through the baskets let the light
materialise in the dancing of dust! The splint baskets here
described were made in 12 different size -- see the copy of the
price list fig. 4
for the dimensions. The basket nr. 3 was the most common and nr. 1 the least common, but I succeeded in finding an example for my collection. In 25 years I think, I have only seen one like this!
Finally, something about other splint baskets. There were other ways of plaiting. One method was called scissors-plaiting. The bottom in this case is often a board. A special kind of splintbasket is not on the price list, because my father did not like to make this basket. It was a round one, and because of my father's success with this in Denmark, they started to make them in Sweden too, and called it the Dane! My father did not like this basket, because it needed much care to make, and he could not get a good enough price for it! In the late 1950's and in the sixties they were very popular and he made them, but did not put them on the price lists!
It has been very interesting looking for the right terminology in
English, and I hope I succeeded so far, so that the reader
understands the facts behind! I would be happy for
Snail-mail: Per-Olof Johansson, DK-3450 Allerød, Denmark.