Yes, the Goddesses have Crunch Time Too!

The “Basket Goddesses” week is winding down. It’s a mad dash to finish….

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Above is one of the Boxcar Baskets in progress. Below is Connie’s “exhibit basket” right after the rims have been added and clamped…
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Here’s Suzanne’s basket that is next in line for the rims to be “clamped in”…goddess-basket-crunch-exhibit

Here’s Diana’s basket, rims are in and next are the first steps to the handle installation…

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Here’s Mr. Basketmaker working on the attachment of the handle to Kathy’s Wine Carrier Basket…

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Below is Connie working on installing the first weaver of her small pin cushion basket…

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I like this shot because it shows Kathy in action (she’s an ‘on-the-go’ kind of gal)… getting her pin cushion basket off and running…

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Here’s Suzanne nailing in her rims right before sundown. And will you look at that pattern! I was a first-hand witness at how challenging this pattern was (my studio/office was a few steps above the weaving area… let’s say I could see, and hear, everything).

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The Goddesses were still hard at work in Eric’s workshop even though it was very dark outside…

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Here’s a pic I took outside, as I was looking into Eric’s workshop. It was overcast and almost pitch dark except for the light radiating from the window…

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“Goddess Week” Continues…

One thing is for sure… these basket goddesses work really hard!

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Above is Connie, Patti and Suzanne putting their uprights in. That’s Mr. Basketmaker in the back adjusting Diana’s basket. Below is Miss Tracey applying oil to her pin cushion basket base — and doing so with a smile…

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Below is Miss Patti getting the bottom of her boxcar basket lined up…

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Here’s Kathy arranging her weavers for the body of the wine carrier…
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Above is Jaxson and Patti returning from their afternoon walk. I heard that Jaxson got distracted by the critters in the field and the dog down the street and wasn’t much of a walking companion.

Below the basketmakers are all in the workshop sanding their materials…workshop-basket-3-group-jax

Not too interesting of a shot but wanted to show you what was going on “above” when I showed you this next pic. Tracey is standing at the far left and here’s who is right below…workshop-basket-3-jax-feet

She didn’t have too much space to move with Jaxson right at her feet! But she does have excellent taste in sandals (I have the same pair, but in silver).

After the basketmakers retreated to the B&B for the evening, Mr. Basketmaker went out in his shop and took this picture of some of the ‘exhibit’ baskets…

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The weaving is complete — just need the rims and handles and they will be done.

It Starts With The Base…

This week is a special class where ‘The Goddesses’ are working on an ‘exhibit quality’ basket. Sunday night at Eric’s ‘open house’ they each got to pick out their own bases…

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The next morning they were fast at work. Here a few of them, uhm, I mean ‘goddesses’ in the workshop sanding…

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The next morning, I joined them for breakfast at the Bonnie Blue Inn…

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Above is Rebecca, the owner and the chef, announcing what everyone is about to eat. I stopped listening after she said the “peaches in the peach cobbler come from my garden.” I started to inch my way back to my chair while the others continued to listen. Well, from the look on Tracey’s face below, I think she was thinking the same thing as me… I need to taste this cobbler… now!

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Here’s the only other pic I have of the basketmakers working in the weaving area…

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Somehow all the other pictures I took disappeared off the camera. After the basketmakers left here to go to the B&B, Mr. Basketmaker borrowed my camera to take this shot of, what else? His dog Jaxson, lounging on his dog bed. Actually his dog bed is a loveseat couch…

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And when Mr. Basketmaker returned my camera after taking a bunch of shots so he could show me how cute his dog is, a whole pile of photos I took of the basketry workshop for the last two days were gone. Now of course I’m not accusing him… I’m just sayin’…