Workshop Quick Pics: Indiana

I have not posted in a few days for very good reasons. We were visiting my sister and she had us working on some “home projects” day and night. Well, not during the night and she did not make us. We were happy to help her. Plus, things move swifter when done in tandem.

One of the items on her “to do” list was creating a Shaker peg board for her dining room. As soon as I download the images from my camera, I will share them with you. Eric did an awesome job and she hung two end chairs on them.

Below are my “Quick Pics” from the Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat in Indiana. As usual, Eric’s three days of classes went smoothly. What did not go smoothly was meeting up with Bill and Kathy for dinner after the workshop was over. Bill and his group were waiting at “Chuck’s” while we were at a restaurant called “Charlie’s”. I tried to tell Eric several times, to no avail, that I think Bill was talking about a different restaurant because I overheard him telling people it was downtown. But “Charlie’s” was not downtown. Eric simply responded that Bill knew where it was and that I most surely misunderstood. Turns out, I heard him perfectly.

So we left “Charlie’s” to go and find “Chuck’s”. We were hungry, thirsty, lost and aggravated. Forty-five minutes later, we finally met up with them and ordered. Unfortunately, Eric’s burger was a “fake” burger and very dry. He became even more aggravated since he had them make him another one because the waitress kept insisting it was “real meat!” It clearly was not because you could see seeds in it! He was looking forward to a juicy hamburger all day. When we’re on the road, Eric enjoys getting his “red meat fill” since we only eat chicken, turkey or fish at home. We end up leaving with Eric dissatisfied, hungry, grumpy and it’s pouring out. Poor Eric.

Visiting Chi-Town.

The Indiana Workshop is completed and we decided to drive north to Chicago to visit family for a few days. But it looks like it will not be a time for rest and relaxation. My sister has forwarded a list of “projects” she needs Eric’s help with.

So we had a great time at Indiana. Eric’s classes went well and Chance was able to do lots of running in the nearby fields. I have lots of photos of the convention and will post them shortly (including pics of Chance being crazy). So check back!

Five Questions Friday: With Tony of Jaskets

This week we are at the Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat so I thought I would ask 5 questions from someone else and give Eric a break! (I know he’s ecstatic about this). The lucky candidate? I chose Tony Stubblefield of Jaskets to interrogate.

The following images are of Tony and his awesome booth at the retreat where I bought a couple Christmas gifts. Below those are this week’s Five Questions.

Q: What are you doing here?
Tony: Peddling my wares! And the biggest thing is that I have three full days to weave and not be home where I am distracted by laundry and other stuff.

Q: How long have you been making baskets?
Tony: I used to always say 25 years but that was a few years ago. So, let me see. I started weaving in 1983…That’s 29 years ago! Looks like I started weaving from birth.

Q: How many workshops do you host at your home in a year?
Tony: Along with attending workshops throughout the year, I host two a year. One in the spring and a second in late summer or fall.

Q: Has any mishaps occurred at one of these workshops that you can share?
Tony: Oh yeah! (laughing) I hosted my spring workshop where someone brought over bing cherries. I had an old 50’s “bullet” garbage can next to my bar.
(editor’s note: Tony has a fantastic retro bar and cool vintage collectibles everywhere) I usually do not use this garbage can. So at this first workshop of the year, someone threw out a few “bad cherries” in this collectible 50’s garbage can and I had no idea.

Months after that, I started to notice many fruit flies in my upstairs bathroom, which is above the bar area where this garbage can is located, and could not figure out why.
(editor’s note: If you do not know Tony, his home is impeccable and neat as a pin. I could imagine that if he sees one fruit fly, he could pinpoint where it was coming from exactly and in seconds. Unlike our home where we would investigate if I left a half-eaten apple on my desk or on my nightstand, maybe I left the blackberries out on the counter, could be there’s a banana peel in the living room waste basket or possibly Chance threw up again in the stairwell. Anyways, this isn’t my story, it’s Tony’s!)

I could not find the source of these fruit flies. So I was setting up for my second workshop of the year and decided to just look in that bullet garbage can in case someone threw out a cup or something. As soon as I opened it, it was like a scene from Amityville Horror and hundreds of fruit flies escaped. Joanne Howard and JoAnn Kelly Catsos arrived early for the workshop and were laughing hysterically at me vacuuming the air — trying to suck up all these fruit flies! And the whole day, during class, all you could hear were people slapping their hands or legs, killing flies. I now check ALL the trash cans! Even the collectible ones.

Q: Before this workshop in Indiana, what was the last basketry event you attended?
Tony: In March, I was at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina making shaker boxes. Not technically weaving, but bending woods and playing with power tools which is in the same family.
(editor’s note: to read more about Tony and the class, click here for his blog! He’s got tons of pics from John C. Campbell.)

Thanks so much Tony!!