When you start to explore the different bases that support our lovely Wee Forest Folk creatures you can start to understand how the line has developed over the years. When you are able to pinpoint the different bases you can get a sense for the age of the piece. Sometimes a piece would start out on bark, wood or slate and then throughout the life cycle of the piece be changed to a newer base. A few of the most common bases you can find are as follows:
Bark, stone, slate or wood are the natural material which would have been gathered around the area surrounding the Petersen's homestead. Sometimes an earlier piece could be found on both stone and bark. These are some of the most original bases and considered rare.
Cloth rug with yarn trim is a small ceramic circle covered with a soft velvet like cloth material and covered with yarn around the edge. These would have been found on the earlier pieces before 1980s
Holly and berries and twig pattern bases are ceramic bases with holly and berries or twig pattern circling the edge of the base. The holly and berry bases could be found painted in a variety of ways, they could be painted in their natural colors of green and red or other times they are painted to compliment the piece. These bases started to appear in the 1980s and can still be found on some of the current pieces in the line.
Snow bases are popular with the winter and Christmas pieces. It's a small drop of whiteware to mimic snow. Sometimes the snow bases are painted and usually glazed. The first time a snow base could be found in the line was as early as 1978 but the snow bases are still found in the current line.
Ceramic bases seem to be the most popular bases in the current lineup. Ceramic bases cover a wide array of base styles such as sidewalks, mountains, beaches, cobblestones, bricks, rugs, and floors. These bases are sculpted and molded like the Wee Forest Folk figures themselves. The earliest ceramic bases were sculpted to look like braided rugs and as time has progressed become increasingly more intricate and detailed. These have been used exclusively after they started phasing out the natural materials in 1980. The newer bases help tell a story or set the scene for the little creatures.