That’s not “sandwich” as in lunch. That’s Sandwich as in Center Sandwich, a picturesque town in New Hampshire, where Eric held a workshop today for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. He taught his Cottage 7-Inch Carrier Basket to a full class of twelve (Eric’s maximum number of students since he likes to be “hands-on” with equal time for everyone).
I was not in attendance, but rather hanging out with my friend Karen for the day enjoying some serious thrift store shopping. So Eric was on his own and these are some of the quick pics he took of his class.
Q: Where are we going today?
Eric: We are going to Lovell, Maine to stay with our good friends Karen and Eric for the weekend. Tonight, we are heading over to the Stone Mountain Arts Center to see one of my favorite musical artists, Billy Bragg.
Q: One of the purposes of this blog is for people to get to know you better. Why don’t you tell everyone to whom and what you tweeted last night?
Eric: I tweeted Billy Bragg and told him if he did not play Ingrid Bergman I would throw beef stroganoff at him. (editor’s note: Everyone now has a better understanding of his maturity level.)
Q: What annoyed you this week?
Eric: Breathing in all the toxic lacquer fumes when finishing the counter top. That was nasty.
Q: What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
Eric: Well, I have several things going on this weekend: 1) we are going to see Billy Bragg tonight; 2) tomorrow I’m heading over to Sandwich, New Hampshire for a League of New Hampshire Craftsmen workshop; and, 3) what I think I’ve really been looking forward to is competing in our first annual “Maine Pickers” on Sunday
Q: What is “Maine Pickers”?
Eric: It is an idea I had the last time we stayed with Karen and Eric and went to the Fryeburg Fair Fleamarket. I’m basing it off of “American Pickers” where all four of us will disperse and come together after an hour and we will decide who scored the best pick.
Eric’s friend Susan McRae sent him a link to a basket she recently came across online that is up for auction. Eric then forwarded it to me and said, “Susan knows her baskets!” The site is called AuctionZip and you can find the item here.
Susan immediately recognized that it is a Taghkanic basket. It appears to be in good shape and if you are looking to add one to your collection, here is your chance. It’s funny that the item’s location is in Peterborough, New Hampshire. You would have thought that the chances of the basket to have been made by the Peterborough Basket Company would have been very good. But it is not. Martha Wetherbee and Eric’s father wrote the book on these basket makers from New York titled “Legend of the Bushwhacker Basket.”
More photos and listing can be found here. The auction ends July 7, 2012.
For the book, you can find it here: Legend of the Bushwhacker Basket