When we went to the annual fall show of the Foothills Crafts Guild this past Friday, I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy another basket. Yes, folk art baskets are a weakness of mine. (Pottery too.) But promises are made to be broken and I purchased a beautiful Nantucket style basket made by an acquaintance from my former workplace.
The fellow has gotten on in years and will soon quit his crafting pastime. His primary hobby was woodworking, and he specialized in creating Shaker boxes. (We have a big set of Shaker boxes stacked up in our master bedroom, but another artisan made them.) Eventually, he branched out into making the most exquisite Nantucket baskets.
Though I had admired his work over the years, I had never made a purchase. The dark and light interplay of the weaving cane of this basket caught my eye, along with the cherry handle and base. It was time. So I brought this little treasure home and it now resides in my home office, tucked in on a cabinet shelf along with other cherished folk art pieces and small antiques.
And to do a little creating of my own, I couldn’t resist transforming one of my photos into an oil painting rendition.