Saturday, December 18, 2010

2010 Alice Ogden Christmas Ornament

Alice Ogden of West Franklin, NH outdoes herself again this year with another incredibly beautiful basket for my Christmas tree. Measuring only 1" wide x 2" long x 1 3/8" high it is a perfect scale replica of her full size double swing handle basket. Alice has making black ash basket ornaments since 1995 with a new design each year since 1997. I am fortunate to have all of her designs gracing my tree (which I actually leave up all year in my weaving studio).

Alice not only processes all of her splint and hand carves all of her white oak handles and rims she is also a great basket weaving instructor. I made a full size version of this basket back in 2003.

8" l x 5.25" w x 5.75" h

Alice packing one of her full-sized double swing handled baskets.


  1. Tony, once again Alice has made a fantastic Christmas ornament. Every bit as worthy as the first one at the White House which inspired the annual series. Thanks for posting!

    The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters

  2. Cathyrn,

    I didn't realize this all started with an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. When I used to go out to New Hampshire to apprentice with Martha Wetherbee the owners of the bed and breakfast I stayed at had a bunch of Alice's baskets along with the first ornaments. I kick myself that it took me so long to meet Alice or start collecting her baskets.


  3. dare i say....adorable? in addition to being inspiring!