Bentwood Trellis & Kudzu Basketry

We have to look no further than the ETV employee parking lot for inspiration for making a Bentwood Trellis and Kudzu Vine Basket. There, when he isn't on a television shoot, you will likely find Jimmie Dinkins' truck, laden with vines, full of baskets, and one of his own mounted, bentwood chairs. The truck is a bit of roving accessible art for all of us and a statement of Jimmie's continuing delight and wonder in the creative process.

To see videos and learn more about Jimmie Dinkins and his folk art, click on the links below.

Making a Kudzu Basket - Part 5 | A Natural State
Making a Kudzu Basket - Part 5 | A Natural State

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In this video, you can see just how tough these kudzu vines can be. If you are using other vining materials to build your basket, you will use the same techniques that Jimmie uses to add vines and...
Making a Kudzu Basket - Part 4 | A Natural State
Making a Kudzu Basket - Part 4 | A Natural State

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By turning up the sides of the basket, you are creating a bowl shape. The higher you build the sides, the deeper the bowl, and more you can put into the bowl. If you don’t work the sides upwards, you...
Gadsden, S.C. | A Natural State
Gadsden, S.C. | A Natural State

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Jimmie’s upbringing fostered creativity and resourcefulness. His joy in his family history is palpable. In his world, nothing is wasted. Every simple thing is treasured for the value of its inherent...
Art Outside the Box | A Natural State
Art Outside the Box | A Natural State

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There are many definitions about what constitutes folk art. One definition by Sharon F. Patton states that a folk artist is one who is self-taught, usually makes art late in life which is tied to...
Making a Kudzu Basket - Part 7 | A Natural State
Making a Kudzu Basket - Part 7 | A Natural State

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To prolong the life of your basket and to give the basket a soft sheen, you may want to brush or spray the basket with a coat of wood sealant like you would use on a deck. If you choose to do this, do...
Materials | A Natural State
Materials | A Natural State

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Jimmie’s life is abundant with memories. Weaving the past into the present is a way of solidifying and unifying both. While he is an untrained artist, Jimmie understands and appreciates the very...