Five Questions Friday: Lifetime

Q: I have to admit, you did such a good job washing Jaxson. What does it feel like to have such a clean and less stinky dog?
Eric: 
Ah, it is very refreshing.

Q: Speaking of the less-stinky Jaxson… what is up with him? Yesterday he jumped through the open door of the Fed Ex truck as he was making his way up our driveway. It was like FedEx was delivering our dog to us. Weren’t you embarrassed? 
Eric: No. The way I see it he was doing us a favor. He prevented the driver from running him over. So he did a good thing.

Q: Because of your ‘aggravation’ answer last week, I stated I would ask you extra long questions this week. So here’s one, and be specific. What did you do all day today starting from the time you got up to right now? And don’t skip any details.
Eric: What? No way. And I can’t answer that question on account that it might incriminate me.
(Try.)

I got up and saw it was still raining. Made some coffee. Turned on the news and then read the newspaper. Checked out my fantasy football team. Waited for you to wake up. Then brought you breakfast in bed (Yes, that was nice. Now keep going…)

More? I got the mail.  Checked the weather online to see when this rain would ever stop. Made some molds. That’s just about it.

Q: You skipped something. What about the movie you had on initially in the house and then continued watching it in your workshop? Tell us about that!
Eric: What? That movie? That’s one of the things I was talking about that would incriminate me. All I’m going to say is that it was on one of those women networks.
(I’ll expose him… He was watching Lifetime Movie Network!)

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: Ah, all this rain. It is very aggravating. And Jaxson whining because he’s depressed from all this rain too!

First New Basket of the Year

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I love going into the workshop and seeing the progress of one of Eric’s new basket designs. Yesterday, he was doing just that — and the first design of the new year. It’s a square basket, still part of his Cottage series. It is complete and gorgeous!

However, I hesitate posting a new picture of the finished product since I don’t want to run into what happened last year. I posted a pic of a new basket and stated that he would be teaching it and a member of a particular convention jury, who was evaluating one of his submittals for an upcoming class, read my blog post and mistakenly assumed that Eric, himself, was bypassing this important jury process and announcing he was teaching this particular basket!

Hello! I guess this person didn’t realize that they were reading a blog written by the WIFE who was simply, and ignorantly, bragging about her husband’s latest work! I’m just the basketmaker’s wife — I know nothing!

How Did He Create Those Handles?

When Eric teaches a basket that has his personally-designed ear handles (such as his pencil basket, cottage business card or mountain tubs), I get this question a lot: “How did he create those handles.?”

All I can say, is that he came up with the design about six years ago and basically, it comes down to a pencil and a piece of cherry wood. He draws the handle outline on wood and then he painstakingly cuts it out and shapes every single handle. Very time-consuming but important to point out that EVERY piece in one of Eric’s baskets or basket kits are designed and created by him. I’m still in awe of his work and his craft.