Weavers and handcrafters rejoice! This complete guide to coconut palm frond weaving features 11 fun and beautiful projects to keep hands busy. Beginners will find the photographic instructions easy to follow in creating functional and ornamental weaving projects to give as gifts or to keep for themselves. The book also includes instructions for collecting palm fronds and how to prepare them for weaving. And as a special bonus, a brief history of palm frond weaving in Polynesia is included.

About the Author

Jim Widess has owned The Caning Shop in Berkeley, California, since 1971. He is co-author and photographer of The Caner’s Handbook, The Complete Book of Gourd Craft, Making Gourd Musical Instruments, Making Hawaiian Ribbon Leis, Complete Book of Gourd Carving, and Making Gourd Dolls & Spirit Figures. He is also author and photographer of Making Hawaiian Musical Instruments, Gourd Pyrography, and The Complete Guide to Chair Caning. Jim has a zeal for visual instrumets for crafts.


The Coconut Palm—Niu

Acquiring a Coconut Palm Frond

Preparing the Palm Frond

Weaving a Coconut Calabash Shaped Basket

Weaving a Coconut Hat

Weaving a Square Bottom Basket

Weaving a Wastebasket

Weaving a Simple Fish

Weaving an Angel Fish

Weaving a Bird

Weaving a Grasshopper

Weaving a Coconut Rose

Weaving a Hanging Basket

Husking a Coconut

Author: Jim Widess