Hobo Folk Art: Bottle Cap Basket

created at: 11/07/2011

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, there was a wondeful subculture of folks hitching rides on trains and bartering for food with inventive crafts and works of art. Some people call this genre of art “tramp art” or “hobo art”, but I like to call it “freakin’ awesome.”

One of of my favorite pieces of tramp that I’ve come across on this big old train better known as “the Internet,” is this vintage basket made entirely out of bottle caps. Flickr user cogp39 found this gem at a flea market a number of years ago and posted these photos.

created at: 11/07/2011

created at: 11/07/2011

So, now the question is, “Who’s up for making some bottle cap baskets?!”

Check out cogp39’s set on Flickr to see more

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Martin Refsal is an art and design aficionado living in New York City. As the son of a woodcarver and a jewelry designer, he grew up in a home where making art and experimenting with different media and techniques was the norm. He receivedd a B.A. in Studio Art from St. Olaf College, where he focused on painting and bronze casting. In 201[...]