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David Russell
corn shucks
Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:40am (XFF:

I live in Georgia, just below Athens in the north eastern part of the state. The video was made by UNC at Chapel Hill, for the Woodwright Shop with Roy Underhill. Out of the fifty pound feed sack of shucks, you will find about half to two thirds are not suitable for one reason or another. Good luck! The results are well worth the effort.

  • Re: Corn Shuck video Mical Wilmoth Carton, Mon Sep 17 8:45am
    Where are you located, David? If you're close, I may want to visit. If not, I want more info about the videos. I live in Baltimore, MD, and I'm not averse to traveling (day-trips!). I live next door... more
    • corn shucks David Russell, Tue Sep 18 1:40am
      • corn shucks jfheath, Wed Jan 2 4:30pm
        Hi David. I live in Columbia SC and need to start corn shuck weaving as no one in the Midlands and eastward does it anymore. I was reading your posts from 2007 and would like to talk with you about... more
        • Re: corn shucks David Russell, Thu Jan 3 8:58am
          Jim, I have some dvd's of the woodwright show still, and maybe the rough cut of the episode. I'll have to look for them. I can probably copy it by now without copyright worries. There is a strong... more
          • SC traditional corn husk caning pamelaschreiner6, Sun Feb 19 8:58am
            Good morning David. We have six old rocking chairs that need to be recaned. Do you have a list of caners in South Carolina that we could contact for pricing or perhaps workshops that need chairs to... more
            • Re: SC traditional corn husk caning The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Mon Feb 20 1:28pm
              Just to be clear here, Pam are you saying you have six rockers that you need the seats woven using corn shucks as the weaving material? Is that what's in them now, or is it maybe wide binding cane or ... more
              • Six rockers pamelaschreiner6, Mon Feb 20 7:35pm
                They are old rockers, last caned in the 1940's. Thank you for the suggestions and hope to hear from David Russell.
                • Re: Six rockers The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Mon Feb 20 7:48pm
                  Sorry Pam, but you didn't say what kind of material was in the chair seats now. Cane, splint, corn shucks, paper rush, natural rush???? Generally speaking, people refer to "caned" or "chair caning"... more
                  • Six rockers pamelaschreiner6, Tue Feb 21 11:36am
                    I will take a picture of the chair and post what we are looking for. Thank you so much for your help. Great website.
          • Woodwright's Shop-Corn Shuck Seat Weaving The Wicker Woman, Tue Mar 29 11:14pm
            Hi Everyone, I was just re-reading a bunch of the very old posts and ran across some corn shuck seat weaving posts from back in 2007 and also these from 2013, I believe. Did a BUNCH of surfing the... more
          • Re: corn shucks jfheath, Thu Jan 3 9:13am
            Thanks David. I don't know your e-mail so here is mine- I also have a FB page with the same name jfheath. Corn shuck seat weaving was used years ago from the coast up through the... more
        • corn husks JIm Widess, Thu Jan 3 1:56am
          Jim, I have 2lb coils of pretwisted corn husks, about 3/8" diameter. They're in my new catalog and on my site: Jim Widess
          • Re: corn husks The Wicker Woman, Thu Jan 3 7:03am
            Jim, I just did a quick Search and look on your website for the corn husks, but came up empty. Could you please post the hotlink (including the http:// so everyone can just click and go) to the... more
            • corn husks JIm Widess, Thu Jan 3 12:27pm
              I'm sorry. I misspoke. The corn husks are in my new catalog (you can download here: but they aren't on the site yet. Jim
              • No Corn Husks! The Wicker Woman, Thu Jan 3 1:24pm
                Sorry Jim, but I still can't find the corn husks on the PDF 2012 catalog either and I've poured over and over it. Could you please tell me exactly what page it's on? I even used the Search with the... more
                • Re: No Corn Husks! jfheath, Fri Jan 4 7:41am
                  Cathryn- the pre-twisted corn husk that Jim W is talking about are on page 26 of his new catalog. I had seen these and while it remains an option I would prefer to learn how to twist them myself.... more
                • corn husks JIm Widess, Fri Jan 4 1:41am
                  Cathryn, on my downloadable catalog, the corn husks are on page 13/20 (pdf spreads) in the middle left hand page. You might have to... more
                  • Found Pre-twisted corn husks! The Wicker Woman, Fri Jan 4 7:56am
                    Thanks Jim, I found the pre-twisted corn husks right next to the paper fiber and straw wrapped rush! Thanks so much, I must have been getting the old catalog each time I tried. The Wicker... more
      • Corn Shucks Mical Wilmoth Carton, Tue Sep 18 10:00am
        Georgia is a bit far (I'm in Maryland). I love Roy Underhill! & his show. I can't believe I never saw the episode on corn shucks. How does one go about getting a copy? Any info would be helpful.... more
        • shucks David Russell, Tue Sep 18 6:29pm
          The episode I was included in was a year ago. It was the final episode in his twenty fifth year. He does twelve or thirteen a year, I guess. I have DVD copies, but I do not know how coypright laws... more
          • Re: Shucks Mical Wilmoth Carton, Tue Sep 18 8:08pm
            Is the episode available for sale? I'd be happy to purchase a copy. I guess I'll have to see if the Woodwright Shop has a website. (But if you have the info about this, please drop a note!) Mical
            • Roy Underhill The Woodwrights Shop Craig Phillips, Wed Sep 19 9:21am
              Yes Roy underhill has a web site And they sell vidios they are up to the 23rd season on vhs probly the last season is to new to sell as they... more
              • shucks dave, Wed Sep 19 9:51am
                ...........actually, last year was their 25TH. i guess that makes this one their 26th.
                • Ordering the video or DVD Cathryn Peters, Thu Sep 20 7:39am
                  Dave, Could you give us the exact date and title of the segment you did with Roy weaving the corn shuck seat so we might order it directly from the PBS site or through Chapel Hill? Or can we get them ... more
                  • video David Russell, Fri Sep 21 9:17am
                    As listed on the VHS box, the episode number was 2511. The UNC address is 10 T.W. Alexander Drive, PO box 14900, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709-4900. I hesitate to copy and send the... more
                    • David Russell's Country Chair Seats The Wicker Woman, Thu Jan 3 8:54am
                      Well everyone, I have just spent the better share of the morning here in January 2013, looking for the PBS online replay of The Woodwright's Shop segment from Season 25, Episode 11 (S25E11, 2005)... more
                  • Dave! Mindy King, Thu Sep 20 8:33am
                    Dave, I am so excited to find another artist who weaves corn shuck seat bottoms. It was the discovery of a class in VA. which inspired me to call for the formation of a seat weavers guild to preserve ... more
                    • weave David Russell, Fri Sep 21 9:23am
                      Your pattern is very similar to older ones I have seen. Of course, each pattern is unique to the maker, which is one of the cool things about it. As we discussed, there are many different types of... more
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