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Bill Boehme

Tübatulabal Cooking Basket

The Tübatulabal are an indigenous people of the Kern River Valley area of Southern California and are related to the Aztec. The literal meaning of the name is "pine nut eaters". Stones were heated in a fire and then placed in the baskets to cook the food. This basket illusion measures 13⅝" diameter and about 3½" deep. The wood is maple. It was donated to the 2017 Christmas auction of the Woodturners of North Texas.

Tübatulabal Cooking Basket
Bill Boehme, Dec 10, 2017
    • Jim McLain
      Bill - Great piece very well done. I really like the way you finished the bottom.
    • Bernie Hrytzak
      Nice job on this Bill! And its always nice to hear the background on the art side. So are you going to try your hand at roasting the nuts.
      By the way, what did it fetch at the auction?
    • Curtis Fuller
      I'm always impressed by these basket illusions. First by how realistic they are. This one has a nice pattern and something about the open areas is what makes it look so basket like. Secondly by the amount of time, patience, steady handedness, and perseverance involved to take on a project like this. That's really a beautiful bowl!
    • Bill Boehme
      Thanks everybody for the nice compliments.

      Jim, I have made the foot as a separate piece for the last three basket illusion pieces which enables me to wrap the pyrography around the foot for a more realistic effect. Here is a close up view of the foot.


      Bernie, I think read somewhere that they ground up pine nuts or acorns to a corn meal texture and mixed it with water to make a dough that was then cooked. It may be a while before I try something like that. :D I think that the winning bid was somewhere around $1000.

      Curtis, burning all of the beads is a mind-numbing experience and I nodded off quite a few times. Most of the time no harm was done, but I did manage to "brand" myself one time.:eek: That taught me to take a break when I started getting drowsy.
    • Bernie Hrytzak
      @Bill Boehme
      Bill, It is good to know that it raised a good price and says something about the excellent quality.
    • charlie knighton
      if this is the topside....it appears to be a dome and in 2 pieces instead of 1 piece 2 sides??????
    • Bill Boehme
      @charlie knighton
      Charlie, I was informed that the picture is sort of like an Escher drawing ... if you blink your eyes it can look like a dome rather than a bowl. Here is another view that our brains have an easier time sorting things out.

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      michael alguire
      Superb, you did an awesome Job on this
    • michael alguire
      Your pictures are great as well
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