Vintage Native American Splint Basket

My close friend Karen, who is a vintage and marketing genius, came across a nice Native American splint basket at an estate sale of 90+ years way up in Maine. She’s been selling on etsy.com since 2007 and has a perfect record. So you can trust everything you buy from her online shop.

It has great color and Mr. Basketmaker himself was impressed by how well the prior owner protected and preserved this basket. Karen was told by the estate that this collector stored her baskets in a closed cabinet, away from light. That’s why the colors have been so well-preserved.

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So if you are a collector, this is a good find indeed! Click here for the link to her awesome vintage shop! Buy it before it’s gone. Her stuff does not last too long. Trust me.

Karen’s final word about this basket which is in true “Mainer” form?
“WICKED GOOD.”

I do agree.

Five Questions Friday: Doodle

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Q: I love the little doodle you did of Jackson on our vintage school chalkboard. Why does it look like there’s two eyes on his butt?
Eric: Those are his two little swirly squiggle fur circles where his legs meet his butt. It’s like canine dimples.

Q: So wasn’t that chalkboard a great find? Aren’t you glad I spotted it?
Eric: Ahh, I guess yeah because I think it’s cool. Reminds me of high school. We have the real deal. And the chalk goes on like butter. Not like our chalkboard wall we did in the kitchen.

Q: If we were to dress up this Halloween, what would you be?
Eric: Uhm… I had an answer to that once but I’ve forgotten.
Well pick something else then. If we had to decide now, what would you dress up as?
I’d go as our fantasy football league mascot, Sister Gaga

Q: How about me?
Eric: How about Tom Brady? No, I’m kidding.  I’d suggest you dress as Maryann from Gilligan’s Island. I always had a crush on her. Who can forget her little short-shorts.

QWhat aggravated you this week?
Eric: That guy who called me at 8:00 o’ clock in the morning who said he was from the woodworking company (the one I just placed an order with the day before) and that my credit card didn’t go through so he needed my number again. I hung up on him. And then called that company to tell them what happened. They thanked me and said they had a good idea who this person was because it happened to them before. That whole thing aggravated me.

Mr. Basketmaker Speaks: Bait & Switch

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In a past blog post, Lynne showed photos of a new exhibit basket I was working on.  I thought it would be nice if I showed you the finished results.  If you’ve taken some of my workshops over the last few months, you may notice a new theme going on.

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Anyway it’s been something that I have been playing with.  Expect some more curls in the future.

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Now for a classic bait and switch!

I’m going to use my wife’s blog to shamelessly promote myself, as usual. So let me get right down to the point.

I am very excited to announce that we will be hosting workshops here in Tennessee for the first time starting next summer.

For those that remember the days at the old school house in Danbury, New Hampshire, you know the fun we all had.  I assure you, it will be way better.

A lot of planning has gone into how, what and when to make these offerings. I think we are ready. Rather, I know we are ready. 

You may have already noticed a small ad on the side of Lynne’s blog. She has worked hard over the last couple weeks outlining everything in a nice clean website. It has all the details of my new summer workshops, including a contact form to reserve your space and download the application.

For one of the classes, butterflies are already starting because it is brand new territory.  The “Design Week” is way over the top, with experienced students designing the entire basket — from sketches to mold-making to material creation — and I am totally looking forward to it.  We welcome you to join us for this week or one of the other open workshops.

All I’m saying is check out the details one the web. If you have any questions, email us. Click here for the new workshop website.