Five Questions Friday

Yah! My favorite day of the week… Friday! Mostly because I get to irritate Eric with questions. I don’t know why he still has not gotten used to this every week. He’s a slow adapter.

What is your favorite movie?
Eric: To Kill a Mockingbird. I remember being home sick one day when I was twelve or thirteen and was flipping through the channels and came across the opening scene where she’s looking into the cigar box. That memory, and the movie, just stuck with me ever since.

Do you scream on roller coasters?
Eric: No, I’m a dude.
(editor’s note: I have never been on a roller coaster with Eric, but there has been many times I came around the corner in our home and he let out a little scream. So I think he’s lying, and he would be flailing like a 15-year-old girl.)

In the song Yankee Doodle, is he calling the pony or the feather “macaroni”?
Eric: The feather.

Do you shampoo your hair first in the shower or wash with soap?
Eric: Shampoo first.

Do you dance crazy when no one is looking?
Eric: That’s a dumb question. 
(editor’s note: He dances crazy in public so it does not matter).

Mr. Basketmaker Speaks: Vladimer’s Birch Bark Baskets

The following post is from my imaginative, captivating and endearing husband, Eric. (I’m being excruciatingly nice since I’m trying to convince him to let our dog Chance come with us to North Carolina. As soon as he agrees, I’ll be back to picking on him.)
I have always been very interested in birch bark baskets.  Birch bark has a very distinctive feel and is very flexible, making it a great basket weaving material.
I have worked with the bark just a little bit, having made five or six container-style baskets threaded with spruce root. Even with just this small amount of time working with this material, I’ve never forgotten the experience. It makes me want to go back for more. Recently, I came across a video of Vladimer Yarish to bring all the Birch bark thoughts back.
During my travels, I have met basket makers from all over the world. One basket maker that I cross paths with every now and then is Vladimir. He is a traditional, Russian birch bark basket maker from Veliky, Novgorod. He is very experienced in homeland craft. If you ever get a chance to take a workshop with him, I guarantee it will be a truly unique experience.

The following video I want to share, is of Vladimer on the subject of  Russian-style birch bark weaving. I think you will find the video interesting and informative. It was taken at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. —Eric

The Award Goes To…

Eric and Roland of the “Basket Bald” team.

Since January 4th, upon exiting the plane in Manchester, Mr. Basketmaker has been nagging me about when I was going to post his obnoxious win of our family’s annual shuffleboard tournament held in Florida.

I say ‘obnoxious’ because him and his teammate, my Uncle Roland, would yell out “yuuuuuuup” every time they scored points or made a good shot. (If you have ever watched Storage Wars, then you are familiar with Dave yelling out “yuuuuuuup” for each bid, branding him the most disliked person on the show.) Well, the same opinion befell team “Basket Bald.”

So I am announcing, to the world (well… the 5 people who may read this) that Eric now possesses the coveted Talbot Cup trophy. He has been wanting to win this award for three years now. His life is complete.

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