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I aspire to create simple, elegant woven vessels that possess a richness of spirit and a presence embodying the soul of the tree from which they came. My inspiration comes from the natural world, old tribal textiles, finely woven functional containers and ancient processes. Harvesting and processing the inner bark of black willow trees, I am compelled to create intricate, textile-like woven forms, finding great satisfaction in emulating the art and integrity of fine basketry.
Baskets hand crafted of brown ash trees selected in the Maine forest. They are made using the tools and methods of the Maine woodsmen, Shakers, and Native American basket makers. The process includes pounding an ash log to separate the growth rings, hand splitting, carving, green bending, and hand scraping.