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…
Q: I see that Eric Taylor Basketry has moved into the kitchen again today.
Eric: Well, yeah. I had to bend some wood and our stove with gas works best to get the wood boiled and hot. Should I buy a new stove and install a gas hookup for the workshop?
Uh, no. Use the kitchen.
Q: What are you working on and for who?
Eric: Bending Rims and Handles for my Cottage Garden Basket that I’m teaching in a couple weeks at Winter Weave in Ohio.
Q: How ’bout that Super Bowl and don’t you feel bad for Jud? I mean, we watched the Super Bowl at his house, in Falcons’ territory, and ate all his food.
Eric: Ate all his food? I don’t feel bad for eating all his food. And I don’t feel bad for winning the game either. We all got along and there were no fights. That “super bowl” contract you drafted and tried to get us to sign was not necessary.
Q: Now that you bought a new projector for our movie room, am I not going to see you anymore?
Eric: Oh. Well. Ah. No. I mean, won’t you come and watch more movies with me?
Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: You finding out that I bought a brand new projector.
Mr. Basketmaker was busy over the weekend making a whole bunch of mini-molds…
This is the final stage in creating Eric’s molds for his Cottage Smalls kits.
The varnish has been applied to seal them and then they sit to dry. Actually there’s one more stage that I missed. He identifies each mold on the top and signs them. Then they are done.
I think they are works of art. But they are only the molds one weaves a basket on. I say that lightly because of all the work, including these molds, that goes into weaving one tiny basket of Eric’s. It’s not “only a mold” but the foundation to produce something beautiful and 100% hand-crafted and in the U.S.A. I might add…