Oct 17 2017
"There is a real beauty about learning a craft - to me, it is not so much about making a beautiful object than to create this connection and this understanding of what it takes to make something."
Hans holding a basket made by his grandfather - baskets that last
I joined this two months educational journey with a focus on traditional craft, and last week I had the chance to be invited by the students of Skattungbyn Folkhogskola to join on a Vamhus basketry workshop, with Hans Eklund.
This type of basketry, made from strips of pine wood, is so specific to the village of Vamhus that it is refered as by the same name. It is believed the technic first came from Finland, sometimes in the 19th century and has been, since then, passed on from fathers to sons. Hans learned from his grandfather and is still using the same tools. He would like to see the craft stay alive and is running courses once a year at the local school, to introduce it to the young generation - we had the privilege to be the first people from outside the village to be teached by him. Hans is also hoping to see a woman taking on the craft and becoming a Vamhus basketmaker for the first time.
To me, a basket is never just a basket anymore - and Hans baskets are beautiful.