Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What's on my work bench

basket weavign stands

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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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A base, but not basic

Basket tree display Nantucket basket base
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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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy Mail!

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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.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Bad kitty!

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Someone has been climbing behind the basket shelf again. 😼

The only upside was that they didn't completely fall to the floor. He usually pushes at least one completely off. These are two black ash Shaker-inspired sewing baskets I wove with JoAnn Kelly Catsos.

Fortunately he doesn't knock off the nesting set of Stephen Zeh swing-handled baskets in the corner.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Smash Book

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Wow! 2017 Smash Book completed and it is only the first. Last year I didn’t finish until April. Now it’s time to start making 2018 memories.