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Willow Basketmakers

François Desplanches French basketmaker has been making baskets since 2001 in Lacropte (Dordogne), France where he also grows some of his willow. He sells his beautiful baskets at craft fairs and at his workshop. Katherine was fortunate to visit with François and work with him in September, 2011.

Adrian Charlton & Ruth Kidd Norfolk Basket Co. Adrian has been making willow baskets professionally since 1985. He runs a successful workshop with his partner and former apprentice Ruth. Adrian has made a couple of trips here to Mount Vernon and Salt Spring Island to teach courses.

Sally Goymer British basketmaker and author of “The Complete Book of Basketry Techniques”. Katherine has taken courses from Sally here in the US as well as at Sally’s workshop in the UK. Sally has been making traditional willow baskets since 1977 and is the consummate craftsman.

Werner Turtschi Swiss basketmaker and teacher. Werner has traveled to the US and Canada several times to teach courses. Katherine appreciates his emphasis on good technique.

Jenny Crisp British basketmaker. Katherine has long admired Jenny’s work and was able to attend the BA’s Spring course at York in 2006 to study with her.

Alastair Heseltine artist living on Hornby Island in Canada. Alastair was an extraordinary willow basketmaker who has moved on to work more as an artist.

Joe Hogan Irish basketmaker, teacher, and author of “Basketmaking in Ireland”

Cooperative Vannerie de Villaines Katherine traveled to Villaines les Rochers in March, 2006 to take a course from Norbert Faure at this basketmakers cooperative in the Loire Valley, France.

Les Llewellyn  Les Llewellyn is a basketmaker specializing in the traditional Welsh frame basket called the Cyntell. Katherine was fortunate to make one with Les while she visited Wales in 2015.

Grzegorz Gordat is a Polish basketmaker that Katherine was fortunate to work with on her trip to Poland in 2015.

Lise Bech artist and basketmaker living in Scotland.

Catherine Davies and Pascal Carr  are basketmakers living in Central Scotland. Their willow baskets are hand made with different coloured varieties of willow grown organically on their croft on the Isle of Eigg.

Karen Gossart and Corentin Laval are accomplished French basketmakers and willow growers

Philippe Guérinel is a French basketmaker who is a master of the Périgourdin basket

Maî Hvid Jorgensen  is a Danish basketmaker

John Cowan is a Scottish basketmaker making outstanding traditional baskets.

Eddie Glew is an English basketmaker following in his father’s footsteps who weaves a diversity of products including traditional baskets, contemporary sculpture and hurdle fencing, as well as teaching courses.

Jo Campbell-Amsler is a willow basketmaker in Iowa who is a popular willow basketry instructor across the USA

Basketry and craft groups

Katherine Lewis is a member of the National Basketry Organization, the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild, The Basketmakers’ Association and the Northwest Designer Craftsmen.

National Basketry Organization Katherine is currently a Board member of the NBO and encourages basketmakers to support the organization.

Northwest Designer Craftsmen

The Basketmakers’ Association

Northwest Basket Weavers

Basketry Websites

Tinay Studio  Peeta Tinay has over 20 years experience in wicker construction, restoration and design. She also offers basketry classes at various locations around Tacoma and Seattle.

Dorothy McGuinness, Contemporary Basketmaker Dorothy is an artist weaving with watercolor paper to make exquisite sculptural basketry work.

Jan Hopkins Art  Jan is a contemporary fiber artist working with a wide range of alternative natural materials to make stunning work.

Matt Tommey, vine baskets by Matt Tommey Matt is a contemporary basketmaker and instructor in North Carolina who uses natural materials to interpret the traditional shapes of Appalachian basketry.

JoAnn Kelly Catsos  black ash basketmaker and teacher

Tim Johnson artist, basketmaker and photographer working in the UK and Spain

Basketmakers.com Susie Nuss created this comprehensive site about basketry. Great selection of information and web links for all types of basketry including willow.

the Wicker Woman Cathryn Peters is a great source of info on antique wicker, chair caning, basketry, furniture repair, and more.

Willow Growers

Musgrove Willows Growing willow in Somerset, England for over 65 years.

Lakeshore Willows  located in Ontario, Canada. They sell live cuttings as well as dried willow, baskets, and workshops.

Willowpedia  the academic study by Cornell University for commercial use of shrub willow (Salix spp.) as a sustainable feedstock crop for bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts, as well as for environmental engineering and horticultural applications.

Artists

Jessamyn Tuttle is a fine art and commercial photographer, as well as a food writer, weaver and musician in a Celtic band (Campbell Road).

Kathleen Faulkner  jewelry artist and painter living near Anacortes, WA

Andi Shannon fiber artist in Mount Vernon, WA

Sheila Klein Katherine had the opportunity to work on Sheila’s project “Comfort Zone”

Gary Lewis Flutes exceptional flutes from hand-worked tubes

Arts & Craft Festivals

World Willow and Wicker Festival in Nowy Tomyśl, Poland

Anacortes Arts Festival large annual arts and crafts festival

Arts Alive! La Conner annual celebration of local arts scene in early November

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Skagit Valley

Dunbar Gardens farmstand

Nell Thorn of La Conner – Restaurant & Pub  Skagit Valley’s best farm to table restaurant

Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland nonprofit organization formed in 1989 by local farmers to ensure the economic viability of Skagit County agriculture through farmland protection, research, education and public awareness.

Slow Food Skagit River Salish Sea local “slow food” group has information on producers, farmers, and sources of tasty food products of our region; as well as regional and national food news.

Skagit Valley Farm Map Map of many of the best Skagit farms, wineries, bakeries, and markets to buy Skagit farm products.

Tulip Country Bike Tours guided bike tours through the beautiful Skagit Valley including the Tulip Festival

Grow Northwest magazine Monthly publication celebrating local food, farms, and the DIY spirit of northwest Washington. Based in Bellingham but covering Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan, Island, and Snohomish counties. Look for our ad and the occasional photo from Steve.

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum Wonderful fiber arts museum in the historic Gaches Mansion in nearby La Conner.

More Links

Claddagh Farms & Custom Sawmill  Neal Foley is a chef, farmer, and sustainability advocate who has a farm and custom sawmill in Maine.

Earthwalk Northwest offers programs focusing on earth awareness and primitive living skills, including primitive bow making, wild edibles, and more. Their unique courses provide in-depth, hands-on experience, allowing participants to deepen their understanding of traditional skills.

Bullocks Permaculture Homestead Maria Bullock is a friend and basketmaker on nearby Orcas Island

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