2009-04-21

Northeast Basketmakers Guild

Many thanks to the team of people who worked so diligently to organize the Northeast Basketmakers Guild's 2009 Gathering. They did a great job and pulled off another successful basketry event. This kind of event takes a huge amount of planning and the work put in by the entire team was evident. In particular, thanks go to Michele Graham and Carol Welch who were co-chairs of the conference. The three day event was packed with activities and as always there was just too much to take in completely.

I was so busy taking classes, manning my table at the marketplace and catching up with old friends that I didn't take as many photos as I thought I would, but here are a few that I hope will help capture a sense of the fun.

Rene works on a Nantucket Lightship basket purse in a class taught by Ann Lima
Rene works on a Nantucket Lightship basket purse in a workshop taught by Ann Lima.

Mary Jo working on a miniature fishing creel in a Jo Ann Kelly Catsos basket class
Mary Jo is working on a Black ash miniature fishing creel in a class taught by Jo Ann Kelly Catsos.

Mary Jo working on a miniature fishing creel in a Jo Ann Kelly Catsos basket classThis is a shot of the body of the mini fishing creel.

Basket maker in JoAnn Kelly Catsos' Black ash basketry cracker basket classThis basket maker is working on the body of a Black ash woodsplint cracker basket in another of Jo Ann's workshops.

Dianne Stanton demonstrates the layout of the spokes in a cross-spoked, round bottomed Black ash woodsplint basket
Here Dianne Stanton explains the layout sequence of the hourglass shaped spokes in a double bottomed, cross spoke round basket base.

Eric Taylor instructing a student in his signature style that melds Black ash woodsplint weavers in a basket with a solid wood base, handle and rimEric Taylor instructing a student in his signature style that melds Black ash woodsplint weavers in a basket with a solid wood base, handle and rim.

Joyce works on an elm bark and Black ash basket in Alice Ogden's class.Joyce works on an elm bark and Black ash basket in Alice Ogden's class.

Hopefully you will be able to participate in a basketry conference sometime soon. They are great fun, but be warned....they can be so filled with great stuff they can make you dizzy.

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