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…)
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…
The next morning they were fast at work. Here a few of them, uhm, I mean ‘goddesses’ in the workshop sanding…
The next morning, I joined them for breakfast at the Bonnie Blue Inn…
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!
Here’s the only other pic I have of the basketmakers working in the weaving area…
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…
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’…
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!
Materials used, as with the majority of all his baskets, are Black Ash and Cherry.