Monday, July 23, 2018

How do you sign your baskets?

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How do you sign your baskets or do you even sign them? I must admit I have not always been the best at doing it myself. The signing isn't as big of a deal as dating them. I have so many early baskets that at the time I just knew I would always know when they were made. Well, flash forward 25-30 years and I don't have a clue. I can usually come up with a date if I look through old photos or files I have from basket workshops or trips, but it would just be so much easier if I had just signed and dated them in the first place.

For my reed baskets I typically use a wood burner and scribe my initials and the dates somewhere around the handle or in the case of a ribbed basket, on the "ear". For Nantucket-style baskets I usually sign them on the base using a gold paint pen which works pretty well and shows up on cherry bases nicely. For my pounded ash baskets I usually sign them with a Micro Pen, either in black or ideally brown. Some of these baskets are miniatures or use really fine splint, so I need something fairly fine to be able to sign them. Typically these I sign and date on the bottom in the center of the woven base.

Do you have a special way you like to use?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Throw Back Thursday to My Happy Place

John C. Campbell Folk School
The woodworking and basketry studio at the John C. Campbell Folk School
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The picture is from this past February when I was at the John C. Campbell Folk School taking my annual class from JoAnn Kelly Catsos.

In a little over a week I will be back there myself to teach my own class on Appalachian-style ribbed baskets. To say I am excite and nervous would be an understatement.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Pile O' Baskets

Appalachian ribbed egg basket
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Finished weaving another 10” Appalachian-style ribbed egg/butt/buttocks/gizzard basket. It’s looking a bit pale in comparison to the other samples. I’m trying to decide how I want to stain/dye it.

I'm trying to get a number of sample baskets woven to take to my class at the John C. Campbell Folk School at the end of the month. I want the students to see how you can take the same set of hoops and make different looking baskets with just a few changes in: rib size (this baskets uses a combination of #6 round and 1/4" oval oval); rib count; ear style; color accents; stain color; etc.