Keoni Carlson

Wood reimagined “basketry” featuring a mesmerizing pattern.


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About this piece

While this may look like a basket, it is intricately hand carved Sugar Maple with the “basket” pattern executed in India ink and organic dyes. Warm tones of red, orange, brown and tan are accented with black on this striking piece. Created by master craftsman, Keoni, two-time Smithsonian artist, CM Russell artist and winner of numerous awards.



Red, Yellow, Black, White

Made of

Sugar Maple, India Inks

Care instructions

Gently Dust



Keoni Carlson


A self-taught, second generation wood artisan, Keoni Carlson’s work explores shape, texture, color, and complex patterns. His work reimagines wood as woven and beaded basketry inspired by Native American storytelling, legend, and mythology. Keoni takes simple, functional shapes and transforms them into touchable illusions that blur the craft/fine art distinction. Keoni uses fire, ink, and sharpened steel to create his pieces, which are story-driven. As he carves and colors, the narrative emerges.

Wood art is the tree that lives on the warmth and shade and protection sustained and brought inside. Listen well and the wood will speak.