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Mr. Basketmaker’s Redneck Bootcamp: Quiver Basket

Okay, for all you basket fans out there, today’s post will be all about baskets. Well, at least all the images.

The first day of the quiver basket involved Eric giving Ben instruction on how to sand materials that will eventually be used for any basket.

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A little side story about the above image. When we heard that Ben wanted to find some camo clothes when he came down here, Eric went online and bought his only piece of “camo” attire he now currently owns — this Patriots hat (his favorite football team) on camo fabric. I think it’s sweet that he also wanted to “embrace the camo!”

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So after his brief lesson, Ben donned a dust mask and began processing his own materials for a one-of-a-kind Eric Taylor quiver basket! Of course, he had to be head-to-toe in camo gear to be in the workshop! I should add that the reason why Eric created the quiver basket was because all Ben wanted for Christmas was a bow and arrow set from his Mom, which he got. But where can he practice target shooting in Chicago??? So on the top of the priority list when he came to visit us was to work on his archery skills.

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Mr. Basketmaker definitely employed “redneck ingenuity” by using a PVC pipe as the mold for this quiver basket. I don’t think it went unnoticed by Ben because several times he said the phrase “it’s redneck ingenuity!”

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I love how focused he is on this basket. And Eric said he was a very good weaver for a complete beginner! Do I see an aspiring basketmaker???

It took three days to complete this basket. Well, not a full three days. Ben had lots of other projects going on in between.

For the day when he completed his basket, I took all his camo clothes and quickly shoved them in the washing machine. They were nasty, especially since the night before he went up to his neck in the frog pond, wearing these same clothes!

So, he had to put on his “normal” clothes and walked up to me and said “Auntie Kiki, I’m working in the shop today and I need to have something with camo on it. Can I wear the new vest you bought me?” Now, how could I say “no”.

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So here he is in his hunting vest (I should add that he has never hunted before! But when we were in the store yesterday, he asked if I could get his for him.) Maybe all this camo is doing something good because I have never seen him so focused!

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And there’s his pal Jackson, hanging out in the workshop as usual, right at Ben’s feet.

Eric got a kick out of the fact that he would much rather watch this “free-at-the-curb” tv all day in the workshop than the nice flat HD tv we have in the house! But I think it had more to do with hanging out with Mr. Basketmaker in his workshop.

And this next photo has to be one of my favorites…

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Why? Well aside from how well he seems to be getting a hang of this weaving-thing, I noticed that on the wall behind him, he hung up his leather hat that he bought specially for his trip down here. I absolutely love that he was “hanging his hat” in Mr. Basketmaker’s workshop.

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There getting close to being done!

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Really really close! But before completely finishing it, Ben wanted to get his camo shirt and pants out of the dryer so he could put them on before Eric strapped on the quiver basket.

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And finally done! I love how he has his arrow in hand and petting the dog! And what a gorgeous Quiver Basket!!!

So I hope all the basketry fans enjoyed this post today. There may be some typos and sentences that don’t make sense… but it’s well after midnight and I’m exhausted!! I’m finding hard to keep my eyes open! LOL!

 

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