Sunday, September 8, 2019

My recent find.

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I recently found this lovely small antique white oak ribbed basket. I am going to have to get a larger house soon to display all of these, but I just can't resist these cute smallish baskets.

Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 JoAnn Kelly Catsos Workshop

 Please join us this fall in St. Louis, Missouri for an exciting workshop with JoAnn Kelly Catsos.

Thursday-Sunday, October 17-20, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1.5" diameter x 7.5" long
This unique project begins with a teleidoscope (like a kaleidoscope but with no moving parts). Using basketmaking techniques, you will weave with precisely prepared black ash splint of contrasting darker heartwood stakes and lighter sapwood weavers. The math behind different twill possibilities will be discussed to create your own one-of-a-kind teleidoscope.

Medium Lightning Bowlt
6" diam. x 2.5" deep

The lightning bowlt pattern on this bowl is striking due to the contrast between the stained brown stakes and the lighter black ash weavers. In a previous workshop we made the original 9.5" diameter version and a special mini 4.25", this time JoAnn has designed a special 6" version just for us to complement the set. If you haven’t made the other two let this one be your start.

6" diam. x approx. 6" tall
You will start weaving the vibrating zig-zag twill pattern on a 6" mushroom mold using stained stakes and lighter black ash weavers. Once you reach the top of the mold you will remove the basket and continue weaving free-form, shaping as you go. The basket will be finished off with hardwood rims and lashed with waxed linen.
Workshop fee for all three baskets

Class fees includes all materials, handouts and use of mold, weaving stand and tools.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Twill experience is required for this class and patience and attention to detail is helpful.

Instructor: JoAnn Kelly Catsos

Contact: Tony Stubblefield
if you would like to receive registration information

Sunday, July 28, 2019

A good day’s work

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A good day’s work. Now that all of the ribs are in it will just be weaving, weaving and more weaving.

While I used to almost exclusively make ribbed baskets, I really hadn't made any in the last 15 years as I was focused on Shaker- and Nantucket-style baskets. In preparation for my week-long class last year at the John C. Campbell Folk School I had to make new samples of the projects we would be doing. This totally rekindled my love of making ribbed baskets and I have really enjoyed getting back into that form.

I am very excited with how this rectangular ribbed basket is turning out.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Alice Ogden as Featured in Martha Stewart Living

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I have the honor of saying that not only do I have many of Alice’s baskets in my collection, but I’ve also been to her home to take a class from her.

 Martha Stewart
The beauty in baskets is that they come in all shapes and sizes, for practical use and domestic artistry. 🧺 Start collecting heirloom baskets from our favorite artisans like Alice Ogden who fashions her heirloom-quality vessels. "Everything I make began with green leaves on it," she explains. πŸƒ She searches local swamps for a fast-growing black ash to fell and haul home. Then the self-taught artisan‘s works embrace form as much as function: Nested sets hold towels and throws; minis with attached lids keep jewelry and mementos ensconced. πŸ’ And exquisite acorns and open-weave tubs simply inspire awe in the beholder. ✨ Learn more about some of our favorite basketmakers at the link in bio!πŸ‘†πŸΌπŸ“·: @lennartweibull

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


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My Mom continues to impress with her beautiful bird photography. She loves these little guys and both she and Dad are kept busy maintaining all of the hummingbird feeders they have established in their yard.

Photo credit: Ann Stubblefield

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tiny Trash Treasure

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My dad found this miniature white oak ribbed basket in the trash! I always wonder how many incredible baskets have been discarded because someone didn’t understand their value and importance as a piece of American Folk Art.