Every year, as the final leaves are loosened from their limbs, my husband Paul the mighty pruner, goes out in all sorts of inclimate weather through our short winter months, and clips the branches I love to use for making ribbed baskets. It is a great relationship really. He loves to be outside pruning in the dark winter months, and I love to be warm and cozy, inside my studio weaving away. Since these prunings are a renewed gift from Paul and from the fruit trees, ornamentals, and tended willow patches; every year there is a fresh new supply. And once my bundles are gone, usually by the end of June, then I just need to wait for winter to come again, and a new supply to come. Each winter I’m able to make about a dozen Harvest Baskets for serious farmers, home gardeners, and for those love the texture of basketry in their homes and appreciate handmade local products.
I’m still using the first large cedar harvest basket I made 25 years ago, as I continue to harvest year round from our Pacific Northwest garden. I prefer to use all local materials in my baskets, but I do make exceptions. Using Bonsai wire for the initial lashing of the handle and rim really lengthens the life of these hard-working baskets.
To broaden the price range, I sometimes use rattan which I hand-paint with food-safe stains. This batch of painted Harvest Baskets was inspired by pictures of Monet’s garden , though they looked like they could have been tie-dyed. These Monet’s Garden Harvest Baskets are similar in their strength and endurance to the Heirloom Cedar Harvest Baskets.
Please contact me for sizes and prices of this seasons available Harvest Baskets.
Now you know what to do with all those branches!