I've been busy down in my wood shop this past week. I now have six basket weaving stand heads branded and ready to be oiled. Next they will get mounted and then two will be shipped out this week.
I let myself completely run out of these over the holidays. Normally I have pieces in some state of assembly, so I only have a portion of the process to complete to finish off a batch. This time I was down to nothing at all. After these six are assembled I will still have 18 others about 3/4ths of the way through all of the steps. That should put me in pretty good shape for awhile.
I had a request to see a detail shot of the base of my basket tree. After years of just having a wire stand I finally made a basket to use as a base. It was a bit tipsy and when I made the tree itself taller I resorted to adding a base to the base. Even so, bad kitties have still managed to tip the whole thing over.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the new John C. Campbell Folk School catalog. It features not only an incredible assortment of workshops, from cooking and story telling, to blacksmithing and wood turning, but also an Appalachian ribbed basket class I will be teaching July 29-August 4, 2018! I'm very exciting and honored that they have asked me to teach. I am really looking forward to the great baskets we will be weaving. Hope you can join me.