Five Questions Friday: Table vs. Bench

Q: I really like this Display Tote basket of yours. Do you still teach this?
Eric: 
Yes, I do. Uhm, this is a basket I did teach around the country but now it’s been retired to teaching here in Tennessee or at a private workshop.

Q: I can see why you named it “tote” but why “display?” Does that mean people can’t use it?  
Eric: 
Ahhh, you know my feeling about naming baskets. It’s difficult to keep naming baskets. You can use it, I just came up with “display” to add to the word “tote” because I couldn’t leave it as “tote.” And, technically, it’s now called the Presentation Tote but I think I named my photo wrong when I sent it to you so you’re the only one calling it “Display.”

Q: Why do you call your work table a bench when you don’t sit on it?
Eric: Men call it a bench. Women call it a table.

Q: That makes no sense. It’s a table!! Why?
Eric: Look… men stand at a bench and women sit at a table. If I’m in my workshop and talking to my student, Mark, for example, I would say “come to my bench.” If I was talking to Ginger, I would say “come on over here to the table.” Now I’m not stereotyping anyone so don’t go and get me in trouble.
(You are getting your own self in trouble.)

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: Your “bench” question and every other time I tell you “it’s on my bench” and you lecture me on how it’s not a bench, it’s a table and that you sit on a bench and blah blah blah!
(Well, now you’re really in trouble…)

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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’…

The Boxcar Basket #4

Mr. Basketmaker recently finished his latest basket, which he named The Boxcar Basket. And it’s #4, fresh off the “basketmaking presses.”

However, fyi, there is no #1, #2 or #3 as of yet. He decided that this new basket should be a series and that the size would fall around #4 in the set. Guess that makes sense!

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Materials used, as with the majority of all his baskets, are Black Ash and Cherry.