January 10, 2012

Hello to everyone! I am giving an update on my progress in basket making. I finished my first burden basket (see picture) this past June 2011. I am beginning the process for my next basket which will be a smaller bowl. For this basket, I am going to focus on preparing of materials before weaving and a more uniform selection of willow used. My first basket ended up taking me nearly 6 months to complete. This involved learning to gather, preparing, starting, weaving, adding, and finally completing the basket. I expect my second basket will be completed at a much quicker pace. My favorite experience thus far in basket making is spending time with Ennis and his sister Carol. I also enjoyed giving my first basket to a friend and seeing how happy it made them to receive it.