Each black ash cuff bracelet is hand crafted, and no two are alike. Each bracelet is approximately 6"
Kelly Church Contemporary and Traditional Anishnabe Black Ash Baskets
Kelly Church comes from an unbroken line of black ash basket makers going back countless centuries. Black ash baskets are made from the growth rings of the black ash tree. After a tree is harvested, it is cut into logs. By pounding on the log with the back side of an ax, the growth rings separate and release. Each growth ring is split in half, scraped, and cut into splints for weaving. Black ash trees have been used by the Anishnabe in Michigan for thousands of years, and this tradition is in danger of being lost due to depletion of ash trees. An invasive species from Asia called the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Michigan in 2002. It has decimated hundreds of millions of ash trees in Michigan and has spread to 23 states and Canada. The USDA predicts the loss of the entire ash resource in North America. Seed collection is vital. A black ash tree seeds every 5-7 years and EAB can wipe out an entire ash stand in three years. Through international workshops, residencies, and exhibitions, Kelly Church uses her traditional technique to also educate on the devastation the Emerald Ash Borer has caused the black ash tree.
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