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

Black ash lidded Shaker basket
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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.