Saturday, April 22, 2017

2016 Smash Book finally completed

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So I don't know if I can really count this as "getting caught up". I am just now finishing up my 2016 Smash Book. I started 5 years ago doing one of these and have continued to fill a book a year. I guess now I better get busy on 2017...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Do the Dew

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Actually this isn't dew. I was just watering my new plantings last night and thought the water droplets were so pretty in the late day sun. This year I am pledging to water my plants. I just spent almost $200 on 5 plants and one pot. I do NOT want to let them die because I was lazy.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

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Anyone remember having one of these? I still have the body from the inch worm, but at some point unfortunately the head went missing. My love of labeling anything and everything started at an early age.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Standing the Test of Time Educational Displays

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Part of the educational displays at the Standing the Test of Time. If you haven't seen the exhibit yet you have until this Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 4pm. If it is at all possible I would play your weekend around this. The yard work can always wait.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Another beautiful white oak basket by Leona Waddell

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Another beautiful white oak basket by Leona Waddell at the Standing the Test of Time Exhibit. I am not even sure what I would call this shape. I guess I would classify it as a modified potato basket. I am sure she didn't make it with any intended use, it is just a "wonder what it would look like it I did this," type of thing.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Shaker Basket at the Standing the Test of Time Exhibit

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This is an interesting basket. When you think of Shakers, most people think of New England and black ash baskets, but the Shakers actually had communities across the US. This South Union, KY basket is classic Shaker in form. There are a few things that are atypical, but overall it screams "Shaker," from the proportions of the weavers to uprights, to sharply bent corners on the half round rims, to the profile of the handle it is Shaker. The thing that stands out sharply to its New England cousins is that instead of exclusively being woven of black ash, this is woven of white oak. This shouldn't be surprising, since white oak is THE basket tree of the Kentucky/Tennessee region whereas black ash is not to be found.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mini White Oak Basket

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Another beautiful white oak basket by Leona Waddell at the Standing the Test of Time Exhibit. This one was probably 3-4" in diameter, if my memory serves.

Friday, March 31, 2017

More from the Standing the Test of Time Exhibit

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Standing the Test of Time Exhibit also include a selection of contemporary white oak baskets. This incredible white oak basket is by Scott Gilbert of Scottsville, Kentucky. Scott is not only an expert basket maker, he and his wife Beth Hester also own a successful basket making supply business, The Basket Maker's Catalog. They also offer classes and host workshops with other nationally renown instructors, like Alice Ogden.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Standing the Test of Time Exhibit

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A beautiful white oak basket by Leona Waddell at the Standing the Test of Time exhibit. I was able to see this incredible display of baskets on my way to John C. Campbell Folk School this February.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hoarder vs. Mad Genius

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Some call me a hoarder or a pack rat, but I call it genius. I used the scraps of leather I couldn't bring myself to throw away to make washers for a waxed canvas tote.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Waxed Canvas Tote

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Yet another great class at Perennial making a waxed canvas tote. Super fun and surprisingly easy to make. I have had the stripped fabric for over 10 years, it was the cutoffs from the Ikea curtains I have in my basement. I knew that one day I would find a use for them. The strap is from an old belt and I ended up attaching it with rivets I had in my stash and leather washers I cut out of scrap leather.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shaker Baskets

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A pair of captured lid cat head black ash baskets. I think I wove these about 15 years apart. Both feature the quadrafoil pattern in the lid. The larger basket I made during an apprenticeship with Martha Wetherbee ages ago up in New Hampshire. The smaller one I made during one of JoAnn Kelly Catsos' workshops at my house.
The larger is approximately 9.5" in diameter and the smaller version approximately 6" in diameter.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What I am working on

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I've got a batch of basket weaving stands in the works. I always tell myself that I won't let myself run out of them, but...

I just need to sand the sharp edges a bit, oil them and then mount them to their folding metal bases. Two of these are to be shipped out to weavers who have been patiently waiting on their orders. Next stop, UPS.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mini Shaker Apple Baskets

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These are the mini Shaker apple baskets I made when I was taking my workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos at the John C. Campbell Folk School. They are 6", 5" and 4" in diameter. I designed and made the molds, handles and rims for these, and JoAnn and her husband Steve made the black ash splint to my specifications. You can't see in this photo, but each features runners that re-enforce the bottoms of the baskets.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

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This is a little 4" button basket I made when I was taking my workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos at the John C. Campbell Folk School. The base is a traditional cathead shape, but the lid features a quadrafoil pattern. The lid also fits on super tight, JoAnn calls this a "Tupperware fit." While I don't think it would keep leftovers very fresh, the lid does just about snap on.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Making Progress

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My week at the John C. Campbell Folk School is going by too quickly. I am making progress, but have yet to complete a whole basket. That's always the downside to working on a bunch of projects simultaneously.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Day One!

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Yesterday was the start of my week of basket weaving at the John C. Campbell Folk School. So many baskets in my future.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Standing the Test of Time

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White oak basket exhibit at the WKU Kentucky Museum, featuring dozens and dozens of contemporary and historic white oak baskets.

Friday, February 3, 2017

More prep for John C. Campbell Folk School

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Cutting mini maple runners this morning for my mini Shaker apple baskets. I always cut at least one extra set to have as back-up. I know this may sound pessimistic or anal retentive, but I am going to be hundreds of miles from home and it's not like I can just whip up some 3/32" thick maple on demand. To me this is like taking an umbrella with you in the morning and it wards off the rain they were predicting.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bending handles and rims for my John C. Campbell Folk School Class

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My class with JoAnn Kelly Catsos at the John C. Campbell Folk School starts soon. I have put off bending my handles and rims until nearly the last minute. This part always makes me nervous, bu I only had one break on a backup handle, so am very happy. I will let them dry for a few days before I take them off the forms.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Baskets on a Saturday morning

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Just a few of the many baskets covering every inch of my house. These are some that grace the top a a lovely cherry hunt board I picked up in New Hampshire at one of the prison shops. The one on the far left is a black ash JoAnn Kelly Catsos, the next is a white oak Cynthia Taylor and the last grouping is mine. Mine include a 4" snowflake bowl woven of natural and dyed black ash, a nesting set of Shaker cathead baskets and in the back (you can barely see it in the shadow box frame) is the black ash reproduction quadrafoil fan I made last year at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Trying new things

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A delicious dinner last night of oven-roasted cauliflower with Tunisian-spiced yogurt over cumin-scented rice. I love how Hello Fresh is pushing me to try new things. I would have never even considered ordering this in a restaurant, let alone fix it at home. Cauliflower, raisins, yogurt and cumin over rice? No way! But, the flavors were incredible. I'm also trying to have one meatless dinner a week and this was perfect for that.

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.