"The Craft Artist - Leon Niehues" by Joe York


Leon Niehues taught himself basket making as a way to support his family's back-to-the-land lifestyle in rural Northwest Arkansas. His baskets are made from the young white oak trees that surround his home in the Ozarks. While using traditional splint techniques, he has added innovative ideas, new construction methods, and simple design elements that dramatically change his oak baskets into exciting contemporary pieces. Produced by the Historic Arkansas Museum in collaboration with the Arkansas Arts Council and their Arkansas's Living Treasures award.

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