Thursday, January 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday


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Throwback Thursday to nine years ago at the John C. Campbell Folk School. It's about time to head there again and I can't wait for my class with JoAnn Kelly Catsos. This year the plan is to make three mini Shaker apple baskets. People are going to be confused when they see the size of these baskets, because most people think that something has to be itsy bitsy to be called mini, but because a regular size historical Shaker apple basket is about 16" in diameter, my 6", 5" and 4" will be pretty small in comparison.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Getting Ready for Class


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Handle jigs made for my mini Shaker apple baskets I plan on making with JoAnn Kelly Catsos next month at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Now to steam bend both the handles and rims. Since I am not using green wood this is always stressful.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Flashback to 2011


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A flash back to 2011 when I had my mini gallery show of my baskets. The Chamber of Commerce in my hometown of Mexico, Missouri is located in a beautiful old bank. The have kept many of the original marble counters and fixtures and even turned the old vault into a mini gallery art space. I was honored to be asked to show my baskets there. While a bank vault may sound like an odd backdrop, it really was a great space to display artwork.

Dang, I was thin back then. 😳

Friday, January 6, 2017

Getting Ready for John C. Campbell 2017


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Finishing up my nesting set of mini/small Shaker apple basket molds for my workshop at the John C. Campbell Folk School with JoAnn Kelly Catsos. Now to let JoAnn know what splint sizes I need and to figure out handles, rims and runners.

I am also going to review the shaping on these. I don't know if it is just the angle of the photo, but that middle mold looks lopsided. The sides are hand shaped, so that is very possible.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cat in the Hat ... I Mean Basket


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After I don't know how many years, Grayson has decided my Martha Wetherbee leather-lined Shaker wood chip basket is the best place to sleep. Unlike most cats, he has always preferred hard, cool surfaces to lay on instead of the usually fluffy, fuzzy spots normally favored by felines.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My first project for 2017


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I'm making three small/mini Shaker apple basket molds. If these turn out this will be my project at John C. Campbell Folk School next month with JoAnn Kelly Catsos.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Best Nine of 2016


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It is always interesting to see what are my most popular posts on Instagram. You just never know what is going to resonate with people.

Hope everyone had a great 2016 and hears to an even better 2017.