The HNCB Basket Blog
Ahh, Fall has Fell....
Monday, October 02, 2017
October 9, 2018

Dateline:  Summerfield, NC  October 2, 2017.I will try to keep this apolitical, as most of you already now our views on assault rifles.  But let me first touch on the horrendous attack in Las Vegas last night.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this despicable act.  We are holding their hearts in our hands today.  Let us all strive for a country that is accepting of all people and provides all of us the space to live our lives in peace.  Our own personal issues are minuscule in relation to what has happened in NV.   And, as for personal issues, Joni and I have been in SC for a few days, helping my Mom who spent the last  few days in the hospital.  She is doing very well and is now resting comfortably back in her own home.  We are very lucky to have several siblings in Aiken near Mom, and my Indiana brother has just arrived to take over for a few days.  We are thankful for times like these when we can be with our families when they need us. As for baskets, we completed the week at John C. Campbell Folk School before heading down to SC.  Our four students completed a whopping 16 baskets!  I've included a couple of pictures of the proud students and teacher below.  The Folk School, new Executive Director Jerry ...

Catching up....August-September 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
October 9, 2018

Oh Boy, have I been lax.  Just realized I have not blogged since Aiken.  Joni and I are currently at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.  We are presently parked in the campsite on top of the hill overlooking the school, enjoying a quiet evening after class.  The class consists of 4 students from Idaho to Tennessee to Virginia, and everyone, including Joni, seem to be having a good time.  I will post a blog on the Folk School when classes are complete, but will first catch you up on events over the last 30 days or so.We finished in Aiken at the SPCA, and headed straight home to pick up Kamaya and Kingston to take them back to SC (the northeast corner of the state) to see the Eclipse.  We were in the area of totality and got about 2 and a half minutes of totality.  What a treat!  Nobody had their eyes burned out and I believe we created a memory to last a lifetime for these two rascals.  Then it was back home for more time with the family, including a Color Vibe 5K with Lindsey and Kamaya, as we got ready for an HNCB Workshop in Greensboro.  Joni has already posted most of those pictures on Facebook, so I will use add that it was a lot of fun.  Joni and I really enjoy hosting events at the house.  It is nice to be able to spend a little extra time at home, and these help us ...

Heading to Aiken, SC
Thursday, August 17, 2017
October 9, 2018

Just a quick note between McMinnville, TN and Aiken, SC.  We are heading back to the SPCA in Aiken for an August workshop and will see my Mom.  We are (at least I am) also hoping to get some South Carolina BBQ Hash.  Side note - If you have never had SC BBQ Hash, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.....similar to Brunswick Stew, but.....different.....and way better!!  I may be biased, having grown up in SC, but....oh heck, just try it next time you are in SC or eastern GA, and let me know what you think. Joni, Denise and Mary returned from McMinnville, TN on Saturday evening, Denise and Joni sanded and bent staves for Aiken, and we moved Lindsey and here family out of her old apartment, before moving then into her NEW HOUSE!! Yay!!  A nice safe home in a cool neighborhood with a big fenced-in back yard. We are really happy for them.  There is also one new "basket" to show you in this blog.  We had been asked by one or our good friends/students to make a "piggy bank" basket a while ago.  While she made what we consider to be the ''standard'' piggy bank, it got me thinking and we decided to try something a little more special.  We were shooting for a more realistic, but cute, "Piggy Bank", but one woven as a nantucket basket.  The picture below is just the prototype and is slightly rough looking, but should ...

Postcards from McMinnville, TN
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
October 9, 2018

As I mentioned last time, Joni is taking a SECOND week of vacation in a row, in McMinnville, TN, weaving with some friends at Eric Taylor's Studio.  It should be no surprise to anyone who know's Joni that she enjoys weaving on a mold.  So the style of basket that Eric developed (a cross between Shaker and Nantucket baskets) definitely appeals to her.  Here is the link to Eric's website: http://www.erictaylorbasketry.comJoni's personal Post-Trip Report:Last week I spent 5 1/2 days in McMinnville, TN with several friends weaving in Eric Taylor,s studio.  When I am not weaving Nantucket baskets (which is rare) I Treat myself by weaving with one of the teachers I admire.  This year was an amazing 5 1/2 days weaving with Eric Taylor, playing with Jaxon (a super cool dog) while grabbing a few moments with Eric's amazing and equally talented wife Lynne and their beloved other dog Chance.  In this relaxing environment, I was able to complete the Mountain Tub set (well, I actually still need to make the 6" Mountain Tub, but the kit and mold are with me).  I made the Cottage Purse, which is unique and clever, along with Eric's new Eyeglass Basket.  It was an incredible weaving frenzy. We all had fun.  I returned home refreshed, ready to weave, always happy to be home with David....already looking forward to Eric's ...

A white oak revival (or, A Southern Reconstruction)
Monday, August 07, 2017
October 9, 2018

Both Joni and I enjoy using reclaimed materials to make things like baskets, basket parts or furniture.  I have made basket bases, rims and lids from reclaimed cedar wallboards (from a family home),  boards sawn from a cherry tree (that a family's children grew up playing in), etc.  Joni has rummaged around in cut-off bins to find just the right piece of wood for a project.  You never know when you will find just the right board full of knotholes for your new purse!  It is very gratifying to turn something destined for firewood or the rubbish heap into something beautiful.  Each piece of wood (probably) has a purpose, you just have to find it.  The same goes for baskets suffering from neglect or abuse.  Several years ago, Joni made annual repairs to a parrot's basket. Yes, a parrot.  The parrot loved her basket to pieces, and the lady loved her parrot.  So, there you go.  While she seldom has time for repair work anymore, if the right (or odd aspect of a) project comes along, it may strike her fancy.  Well over a year ago, one such project appeared.  Joey Cargill called Joni and asked her to consider a white oak basket repair project.  He said there had been a "cotton basket" down by a stream in a gully on his family's land.  Joey was by then the last person alive ...