Monday, August 12, 2013

Quillwork "Slat" Knife Case by Shawn Brevik.

This style of quilled knife case is recognized as a slat case by name. This is due to the presence of two slats that are generally made of birch or ash that are than wrapped with larger quills. The majority of known examples of slat work have what we term runners which are smaller quills that run underneath and over top of  the larger quills to make a pattern. Slat technology can be found also on moccasins and there are a few examples of attached slats on pouches as well. This technique was used on many examples of woodlands art in the second half of the 18th Century. It should be also noted that all original examples of this type of knife case are neck knife cases.

Copy and photo supplied by Eli Motsay.

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