Monday, April 23, 2018

Antiquing Find


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One of the nice white oak baskets I saw on my trip this past weekend and had to bring home. I was drawn to the proportions of this smallish basket, along with the nice heavy rims and superior patina.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Baskets, baskets, baskets


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Some nice antique baskets I saw on my drive yesterday home from Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat. All were priced reasonably, but when you have as many baskets as I have, then they need to be either really cheap or really good before I am tempted. I was kind of temped by the ribbed basket pictured here...

Friday, April 20, 2018

Weaving While Watching


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How could I not work on a basket when I was surrounded by all of these weavers? Working on a black ash quadrafoil while vending at Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat.

I was asked how I could work on such a complicated pattern while vending? Fortunately the quadrafoil pattern is one of those that I just "see". I usually need to look at a completed basket or a photo of one to remind me how to start the first over or under then I am good to go for the rest of the basket.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Let the fun begin. Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat


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All setup and ready to go at the Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat. This is the first time I will be featuring my new full line of basket stamps. I am excited!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Well Crap

Well fallout form the Facebook snafu with the Cambridge Analytica leak has bled over into Instagram. New rules have been instituted such that information you used to be able to access about your Instagram feed are now locked down. That is great in theory, but boy does it screw up some of the easy things I used to do, like track who is commenting and who is following/unfollowing me. It also appears to have screwed up the photos I used to repurpose here on my blog very easily by adding a hashtag of #blog to any photo I wanted to share here. It seems that most of my blog posts now feature broken links.

I guess I am going to have go back and relink up all of my images. I barely have time to blog as it is without having to fix a couple years worth of old post. I guess it's something to add to my to-do list.


Argh!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

2018 Eric Taylor Workshop

Eric Taylor will be back in St. Louis again this May to teach three great classes over four days. Eric Taylor has been making traditional baskets and Shaker boxes since 1983. His love for working with wood and the black ash trees inspired him to experiment further in the art which lead to creating his own contemporary designs that combined the elements of the Shaker and Nantucket baskets. Eric has taught the art of basketry, nationally, for twenty-five years.



Saturday - Sunday, May 19-20, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
#1 Cottage Garden Basket
Eric Taylor Cottage Garden Baskets
7.5" L x 4.5" W  x 5.5" H
 

This is the third basket in the Cottage Garden set. Nest this little guy inside the #3 and #2 baskets we made in 2014 and 2016. Woven of black ash with cherry rims and handle, and cherry skates that act to lift the basket and give it a firm stature.

AND 

Eye Glass Holder
Eric Taylor Eye Glass Holder Basket
4.5" L x 3" W x 8" H

This is one of Eric's newest designs. Keep your glasses safe and in style in this beautiful basket. Woven of black ash with cherry rims and handle, and featuring a fleece liner and a cherry base.

$280 (includes both baskets)

Monday, May 21, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Triple Diamond Wine Tote Jr.Eric Taylor Triple Diamond Twill Jr Basket
7.5" L x 4" W x 8.5" H

This is the little brother to the Triple Diamond Wine Tote we made in 2015. Woven of brown ash, this distinctive basket features a decorative repeating twilled diamond pattern, and cherry handle, rims and base.

$185 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cottage Tool Tote Jr.
Eric Taylor Cottage Tool Tote Jr
12.5" L  x 5" W x 8" H

This is the little brother to the full-sized Tool Tote we wove in 2011. Like its big brother, the basket is woven of brown ash and features cherry dividers and a sturdy handle to carry all of your tools.

$200 


Class fee includes all materials, handouts and use of mold, weaving stand and
basic tools (if you have particular tools you like, please feel free to bring them).

Level: Intermediate
Contact: Tony Stubblefield
if you would like to receive registration information

Throwback Thursday

Shaker Baskets
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This goes to 2011 when I had a showing of my baskets in my hometown. Here is a selection of black ash Shaker-style baskets from the gallery. These baskets were made over quite a span. The more recent baskets on the right were some of the first ones I wove where I made my own molds based on measurements from historic baskets.

My dad let me use pieces of his handmade furniture for the display. I couldn't have asked for a better backdrop.