Five Questions Friday: Sneaker Trees

Q: When you left, your dog Jaxson waited in the driveway all day. Now, since last night, all he does is whine and follow me around. Won’t even let me take a picture in your workshop! Can you call him again like you did last night and talk to him?
Eric: Okay, put him on the phone.

Q: The Hallmark Channel kicks off it’s annual 24/7 Christmas Movies today! Aren’t you excited?
Eric: Get it out of your system while I’m away.

Q: Anything eventful happen on your trip to the Upper Peninsula for the Assoc. of Michigan’s Basketmaker’s Convention?
Eric:
One, it’s not techniquely the UP – very close. Two, yes I saw a tree with hundreds of sneakers hanging from it. I will try to get a photo of it on my way home.

Q: Actually, there’s many trees like that up in Michigan and are attached with various urban legends and eerie occurrences. One of them says odd things will happen to your car if you stop. You sure you want to get a photo now? Do you believe in that kind of stuff?
Eric: 
Oh, so I could be cursed if I photograph it? Was talking to a woman today about that tree and she said she’s going to stop on the way back to take a photo of it too.
Well, you better tell her not to stop.
I’m guessing that you believe in the urban legends so I shouldn’t stop, right?
You are correct.

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: I had to wear pants this morning instead of shorts and had to scrape ice of the car windows. It’s freezing up here!

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This same time back in 1999…

Mr. Basketmaker was doing some office housekeeping and came across a book containing all the classes he has taught. And he brought these in to show me…

They are from the FIRST class he taught immediately after striking out on his own, which happened to be at the Assoc. of Michigan Basketmaker’s Convention back in 1999, almost twenty years ago.

And he is so cute! He had all his students sign the class signage as a professional keepsake, kicking off the start of his solo career. And I’d say, he has done rather well!

Everyone have a great 2017 convention up in Michigan!!

Need a Basket for those Buns?

Mr. Basketmaker will be leaving soon for the Assoc. of Michigan Basketmakers Convention. And one of the baskets he will be teaching there is his Cottage Bun Basket.

He is also teaching his 7-Inch Classic Carrier…

and his new Rising Up Smalls Basket…

But all his classes in Michigan are full so if you want to make any of these baskets, you will have to catch Eric at another class or come down to his workshop in Tennessee!