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Catalog Number 2011.02.04
Object Name Trap
Other Name Woodpecker trap
Collection Dorothy Hill Cradleboard Collection
Description (Heather Martin 12/12/16) This is a conical shaped twined woodpecker trap. The workface is the exterior, the work direction is to the right, and the slant of weft is up to the right. The materials consist entirely of willow (salix sp.) with the warps being whole, unpeeled shoots and the wefts being a combination of whole and split unpeeled shoots. The basket is started at the narrow end by doubling a weft piece in half and using both ends to plain twine the warps into a tube shape. As twining continues, warps are added to increase the diameter of the trap. Twining rows are increasingly spaced towards the wide end, with a maximum space of three inches between rows. At the rim, the warps are bent at right angles to the right and secured by twisting them amongst each other. The end of the last weft row is incorporated into the bundle created by the warps. On opposite sides of the rim, the warp bundle is lashed with weft material.

Traps like this were used by many different Native American cultures.

(Don Hankins 10/27/2016) Sandbar willow collected in winter. Twined bird trap. Central California.
Material willow
Place of Origin unknown
Dimensions H-10 W-16 L-63 cm
Imagefile 004\20110204-3.JPG
Caption 2002.11.04 detail image of the opening