Busy in the Workshop

While outside walking with my camera, I snapped this pic of Mr. Basketmaker through the workshop’s big old picture window. He was still busy working while the sun set, getting ready for North Carolina Convention…

Looks like he’s removing dried rims from their molds and looking up at the tv to catch the evening news. Multitasking…

March’s Basket Cottage Calendar Cover Girls Are…

Tracey Reidy, Sandy Beaulieu, Hannah Sommer and Suzanne Marvin.

There’s always too many great creations to feature in only 12 months, so for one page, I like to group several together. This year it is the page for March.

There’s also a special honor for Sandy Beaulieu who is a scrimshaw artist at D.E.L.S. on Cape Cod. Many of the cottage girls commission works from her so I wanted to have something of hers in one of the calendars. Her beautiful mermaid ocean scene lid was perfect.

(Note: Hannah Sommer chose to show baskets that were made for her by Jim Kent)

Imagine Staring at this for a Few Hours (No wonder I now need glasses)

And when I say “a few hours” it really is for a few hours.

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Part of my job description as the Basketmaker’s Wife involves helping Eric with his patterns for exhibit baskets. (Exhibit baskets are special. For his other baskets, he’s on his own…)

He creates preliminary sketches on grid paper and then I electronically reproduce all into one drawing. Then Eric is able to make changes on my computer. And when I say “changes on my computer” that means him sitting next to me, looking over my shoulder, telling me what square to move where.

I know what you’re asking, “Lynne, how can you calmly (y’all are assuming with the word ‘calmly’) sit there and move around a bunch of squares. That must be grueling.”

All I can say is that I gladly do it with no complaints, mind you… as long as my glass of wine is refreshed without me even asking.