Monday, October 18, 2010

Harvesting the grapevine vines

Now is the time to harvest the grapevine vines before the snow begins to fall. This photo shows the vines harvested from two grapevine plants that grew over an arch leading to the rear of our home. Each of these will need further processing by hand to remove the loose outer bark. Then a six to eight foot length can be formed into a hoop of one foot or more in diameter. Two such hoops form the frame for a rib basket.

Ready for collection by the city are the thinner, unusable vines.

This photo shows other grapevines I have yet to cut down and prepare for use.

Here is what remains of one of the vines I did cut down.

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