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

Babies!


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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Miniature Baskets

Miniature black ash shaker basket
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I recently acquired a large collection of miniature baskets from well-known contemporary basket makers. Here are a pair of black ash Shaker-style baskets by June Patterson, one of Martha Wetherbee's first apprentices. The baskets are mini versions of the Mount Lebanon puzzle-cathead and carrier.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Baskets, baskets, baskets...

Antique baskets
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My parent's are in the process of finishing up a major remodel in their house, so basically everything was displaced at some point. Furniture went back into their spots, glassware and china went back into their cabinets, but baskets, which basically festooned the house lost some of their homes. So, I got to be the primary decision maker on what should stay and what should go back where. I meant to count how many baskets we ended up culling, but it was a pretty hefty pile. If you are interested in purchasing any nice antique white oak and black ash baskets be sure to visit my Dad's antique shop, Coal St. Antiques in Mexico, MO.