Charleroi, Pennsylvania 1949
Aaron Yakim (Harvesting White Oak for Basketmaking), Photo by Cynthia W. Taylor
Luce Artist Biography
Aaron Yakim learned how to make traditional white oak baskets through an informal apprenticeship with a fifth-generation basketmaker from West Virginia. He refined his skills with basketmaking workshops at Cedar Lakes Craft Center in West Virginia. Yakim combines what he learned from these different sources to create his own, unique interpretations of the traditional Appalachian basketmaking styles and techniques. He shares a workshop with fellow basketmaker and partner, Cynthia Taylor, but considers West Virginia's white oak forests to be his real studio.