September 4, 2013
I sold my most expensive basket ever last Saturday. This one...
I also sold another that day, a little bitty one. I actually sold out of my inventory for the Art Walk in St. Augustine at the High Tide Gallery. Kind of a good thing, kind of not.
I have a few pictures of the newest ones for you.
The one below was an attempt at piecing the wood in such a way as to create an entirely different shape to the typical round. Then the wood got a tiny crack in it, so it now makes its home at KraftyMax's. She really like's it. I will make another at some point.
My friend KraftyMax and I went for a drive and she showed me where someone had cut down a Juniper/Cedar tree. The wood was all nice and stacked up on the side of the road so I knocked on the door and asked the woman who lived there if I could take some of the wood. She said yes, so I loaded up.
Then I discovered that an old highschool friend works a booth at the same Farmer's Market that I work on Saturday's for my sister's restaurant. He sells butcher blocks and so it occured to me that he has access to all kinds of saws....hmmmm I thought...Maybe he would cut some wood for me. And did her EVER. I have an entire 5 gallon bucket of sliced tree limb pieces for my basket bottoms. Take a look...
Beautiful if I do say so myself! Thank you to Mr. Billy! Now I am going to have to make him a basket!
Not sure if I have mentioned it before but the only Long Leaf Pine tree I can find here in FL. is in a friend's sisters' yard. She lets me have full access to it, but her neighbor isn't so generous. She keeps calling the police every time I am there...so just for her generosity, I am going to make her one also.
Not to mention Christmas presents and such...oh my! Guess I better get busy.
One last thing though. I have customized myself a tool kit. Try explaining what you need for Pine Needle basket work in a tool box to the man at the Big Box Store. They thought I was nuts. So I kept my eyes open and finally stumbled on a 50% off box...and then I went to town embellishing and working on it. This is the end result. Keep in mind that my RV's colors are blue and green.
Perfect if I do say so myself. Right down to the box on the side for trash. Notice the weavings in use.
Guess that's it for now folks. Remember Christmas is coming and I do custom work. You can order a basket any size, shape, wood, or thread color to suit your needs. Just contact me via e mail or phone, both are posted here and on my Facebook page.