I learned my craft from an old Kentucky backwoodsman. He impressed upon me the importance of the heritage and skill involved in creating these baskets. I needed little convincing as the baskets were a delight to me from the first time I saw and handled them. As their history and tradition are important to me I have stayed true to the original design and shape framing them in white oak and weaving them with elm bark. Truth be told it takes around fifty years to craft a basket. It involves decades of growth weeks and days of bark harvesting wood cutting splitting shaping and whittling. All of which I do myself. Finally there is hour upon hour of quiet rhythmic weaving. The result is a basket that embodies natural beauty strength utility and tradition.
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