A loon and it's chick grace the lid of this larger size oval coiled tidal sweetgrass. Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman has fashioned the scene of porcupine quills. The loon paddles on blue water with it's chick on it's back. There are 3 cattail plants around him. Loons are seen frequently in Maine's many lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, tidal estuaries and in salt marshes along Maine's coast. They are larger than you imagine, 3 feet long. With their haunting calls, their red eyes and their beautiful black and white markings - loons are a favorite and iconic bird of the north woods.
This larger oval basket has birch bark at center of lid and used as the bottom - then coiled tidal sweetgrass. It is 7.25" long, 5.75" wide and 3" high. The birch bark medallion at center top is 6" long and 4.5" wide. Paul's loons are one of his customer's favorite bird designs. This one is only one of 2 loon baskets he has made that has a chick and it is the first larger oval loon coiled sweetgrass basket by Paul St John that I have been able to offer. The loon is of black dyed porcupine quill with natural white quill. The brown chick, the loon's red eye, the blue water, green and brown cattails are all of dyed quill. There is a yellow quill border around the birchbark medallion on the top of the lid. All but the white quills have been dyed by Paul.