Today in Mr. Basketmaker’s workshop, he was finishing up making a batch of a brand new weaving tool he created…
And back in my studio, I was designing a little package for the tool to go in. Almost done with that. And when I get final approval from the ‘boss man’ I will write more about his new nifty invention.
Q: What do you think of the accents up here in Minnesota?
Eric: I love their accent. How can you not love the MinnaSoHda accent? It has to be my favorite in this country.
Q: What is that you’re drinking?
Eric: It’s a beer that Jean has, called Premium Grain Belt.
Q: I never heard of it. Have you?
Eric: I haven’t either. Guess it’s been a legendary beer up here in Minnesota for a hundred years. I can’t believe I never heard of it before. Especially with a tagline on the bottle that says “A friendly beer.” I would have remembered something like that.
Q: When was the last time you were in Minnesota teaching a workshop?
Eric: Me and my students were trying to figure that out this morning. It was either in 2007 or 2008. We could only pin it down to those years.
Q: I’m really afraid to ask this last question because I have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to be…What annoyed you this week?
Eric: You (the basketmaker’s wife who should have known better) ripping out all my uprights when you walked over one of my weavers that got caught in your shoe or something and you kept on going, in front of all my students!(editor’s note: I apologized profusely! I still feel bad about it. The picture shows the aftermath…)
Like clockwork, when Eric starts to pack up for a workshop, Chance plants himself next to the boxes. As if we would forget about him!
However, this is another trip Chance will not be going on.
Eric has a workshop with Mary Jo Rushlow at Saltbox Crafters in Connecticut. It’s the annual holiday workshop and it has become a tradition. Not sure how many years he’s been doing the December workshop but he said it’s been a very long time.
Now, a “long time” for Eric could be five years or twenty five years — hard to tell. That’s one of the many, many qualities I love about Eric. He lives in the moment and doesn’t pay close attention to how much time has passed.
Have a great workshop ladies (and Eric) down at Saltbox!