Basket Weaving Techniques : Three Rod Wale

Three Rod Wale

Waling is worked on the same principle as pairing, and is always begun with tops. It should always finish with the tops also, as to finish with butts would be likely to leave an unsightly gap.

To begin a wale in the sides of a basket, lay in the required number of rods in adjoining spaces.  Take the left-hand rod, carry it over the others, behind the stake against the front of which the right-hand rod lies, and out to the front again.

This stroke is repeated throughout the waling, taking the left-hand rod each time. When the butts of the rods have been reached, new butts are inserted close alongside the old ones, the latter being left on outside and the new ones on inside of work.

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