Thursday, September 7, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

Filling-in technique for Appalachian ribbed baskets. 
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Throw back to 2000 when I photographed and wrote instructions for "filling-in" for ribbed baskets. I've got to look through old Zip discs to see if I can find the original images. All I can find are the low-res .JPGs I posted to my online instructions at

I was able to locate the old photos! Now to recreate the set of instructions in a version that is print quality.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Nest of Three

Martha Wetherbee Shaker Baskets
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I purchased this nesting set of three Martha Wetherbee black ash Shaker baskets a year or so ago. They are signed and date 1985. This is about the time that I became aware of Martha and Nathan's work. It was a few more years before I was finally able to take a class with them. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards
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Finished the last of the cutting boards I made during my visits to Perennial on Community Workshop nights. Back last fall I took the cutting board class and now have made a bunch of gifts on my own. These are made from scrap wood, either salvage from the cabinet maker in my home town or scraps too short for my dad to use in his furniture. They are a mix of cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany, maple and alder. They will go down in my stash of handmade items for when I need a gift for someone.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

My basket tree is getting full

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If you have ever taken one of the classes that I host at my house you have seen my loaded basket tree I keep up all year round in my basket/craft room. I have already added a tier to the tree, so it is as tall as it can be and I double up on branches if there is room. I am planning on making a covered display case for my mini minis, so I might move some of the smaller baskets to that so might be able to free up some space.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Baskets in the morning sun

Quartet of black ash Shaker-style baskets
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The weather finally broke here the this weekend and I was excited to be able to have the front door open to let some natural light in (my house has awnings so is relatively dark most of the time). I made this quartet of black ash Shaker-style baskets on my last trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School. The large 19" oval Nantucket basket in the back I made in the early 2000s during one of my trips to New Hampshire.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


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How interesting, both of the Hello Fresh peppers in tonight's Sizzling Southwestern Chicken had babies!