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!!!
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.
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!! 🙂