Basket Maker & Teacher Billy Owens

On October 14, 2017, Billy Owens, a fellow basketmaker & teacher, along with his wife Theresa, had a house fire. They lost their entire home and everything in it.

His basket workshop (and livelihood) is okay, but unfortunately, him and his wife lost many treasures inside their home. A close friend of his set up a Go Fund Me Page to help out with emergency supplies.

If you have taken a class with Billy or know who he is, I thought I would post a link to the “fund-me” page to let everyone know of this unfortunate tragedy and/or to send him your thoughts and appreciation for him and his craft.

Link to Billy and Teresa’s GoFundMe can be found here.

New Quality Control Inspector

Last week, Mr. Basketmaker was in his workshop not making basketry materials but another series of his custom packing tools. He’s calling these his “Exotic Woods” edition.

I planned on setting up a link for purchasing but he sold all of them at the North Carolina Convention over the weekend. These beauties’ popularity was probably due to the watchful eye of his new Quality Control Inspector…

(Yup, looking good…)

I will keep you posted when he produces more of his new “Exotic Wood” editions and the woods he used for the handles. Aren’t they pretty?

He also created a thicker brass base version (bottom). I personally have a hard time with gripping small items so the larger packer may come in handy for those who have the same issue. But Eric informed me that the larger size is for large-sized baskets. I still think it’s an alternative for people with hand grip issues… just my two cents!! 🙂

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…