Aaron Yakim
Parkersburg, WV
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Basketmaker Aaron Yakim works with white oak to create rustic rib baskets. He learned the craft in 1979 while apprenticing with fifth-generation basketmaker, Oral “Nick” Nicholson of West Virginia. Yakim harvests his materials from the local forest, using hand tools to split the wood into flexible thin strips, which he then manipulates by hand into vessel forms without the use of molds. His innovations include a framework design for creating a swing-handled rib basket and an interwoven hinged lid.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.

  • Artwork by Aaron Yakim
    Egg Baskets, 2004; © Robert Batey Photography
Artwork by Aaron Yakim