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Jamin Uticone lives by himself in a forest to the south east of Niagra Falls. His Adirondack style bag is a handmade basket made from black ash wood.

To get the Jamin’s atelier, you have to leave the highway of upstate New York into the swamp and head deeper into the forest.

In order to get the black ash wood to the necessary softness, the wood is submerged in water in a canoe for over a year. After a year of soaking the wood, the black ash is now soft enough to peel away each layer.

The wood is dried by natural sunlight in his atelier and then thinly shaved into different widths for different parts and that becomes a shingle of the basket. ”The process to make the shingle from a black ash is an art as well as weaving the basket,” says Jamin.