Keoni Carlson

Wood reimagined as woven and beaded basketry.


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Keoni is renowned for his ability to create the illusion of intricate basketry from Sugar Maple, India ink and organic dyes. This gift is readily apparent in this vibrant piece executed in red, yellow, black and white. Keoni is a two-time Smithsonian artist, CM Russell artist and winner of numerous awards.



India Inks, Dyes, Lacquer

Made of

Sugar Maple

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.