Waiting until the last minute?

Mr. Basketmaker loves to tell people I always wait until the last minute to do things. Well, I snapped this image of him today sanding the lids to the City Pack Basket he’s teaching and leaving tomorrow for…

He’s definitely cutting it close! But in his defense, he just picked up all the cherry wood on his trip back from Michigan. But it appears I’m not the only one in this household that waits until the last minute.

By the way, if you’re wondering what all those seeds are everywhere, they are luffa seeds. Since we got a frost on Sunday, we had to pick the luffa and start processing quickly.

Eric loves whacking the luffa on the workshop’s porch railing to remove all the sap and seeds. And they are everywhere!!!

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This same time back in 1999…

Mr. Basketmaker was doing some office housekeeping and came across a book containing all the classes he has taught. And he brought these in to show me…

They are from the FIRST class he taught immediately after striking out on his own, which happened to be at the Assoc. of Michigan Basketmaker’s Convention back in 1999, almost twenty years ago.

And he is so cute! He had all his students sign the class signage as a professional keepsake, kicking off the start of his solo career. And I’d say, he has done rather well!

Everyone have a great 2017 convention up in Michigan!!

Need a Basket for those Buns?

Mr. Basketmaker will be leaving soon for the Assoc. of Michigan Basketmakers Convention. And one of the baskets he will be teaching there is his Cottage Bun Basket.

He is also teaching his 7-Inch Classic Carrier…

and his new Rising Up Smalls Basket…

But all his classes in Michigan are full so if you want to make any of these baskets, you will have to catch Eric at another class or come down to his workshop in Tennessee!