The Basket Bender

Mr. Basketmaker is getting ready for his workshop in Georgia so it’s been a very busy last couple of weeks for him. On the docket today? Bending rims for his Gardener Basket.

First he needs to make the molds that the rims will bend around and dry.

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It’s still so nice that his workshop is in a completely separate building. I still feel grateful for this. When we were back in New Hampshire, we both lived and worked under the same tiny roof. I not only heard all his machines and the banging, but all that sawdust got tracked through the house!

bending-wood-gardener-basket-mold-drillHere he is drilling the holes where the rims will be held in place after they are bent.

Now for the next step… I’m having major Déjà vu! Because he moved his “bending” operation into our kitchen!

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Supposedly, the thickness of the rims for this basket bend better if he gets the water much hotter in the large soaking tray. And the burners in his workshop was not boiling the water as hot as our stove. So in came the 5 foot stainless steel tray across two burners of our stove. And the stack of molds he just produced and all the other materials he needs to complete the whole process.

So the rolling kitchen cutting station becomes his bending table.

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Looks like he has three down. Twenty-five more to go! And these are only the rims! Basketmaking is way too much work. And for him to do this for almost thirty years? That’s dedication!

8 thoughts on “The Basket Bender”

  1. LOL!!! I have 500 sq. ft. of working space, plus a “shed” shop and Bob’s basement workshop AND STILL I find myself working on the kitchen counter… oh yeah, my dining room table is filled with stuff that needs to be labeled for the show. Hmm… maybe I should just live in the shed and have to whole house for my basket shop 🙂

    1. Ha Ha Anette! That’s what I have been starting to say! Let’s add on but it’s only a tiny kitchen, tiny eating table, tiny bedroom, and a huge master bath. That way, we won’t spread out our work everywhere!

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