So you want to be a basketmaker . . . .

The best of British Basketmakers!

Mary Butcher

How to set about it? Here are some tips and thoughts that may help you approach work in this, or perhaps many other, handskilled crafts.

Mary with baskets Mary with baskets

  1. Have you the passion?

Do you love making things and baskets in particular? You’ll be doing it a long time and that is no good unless you find it all completely absorbing and every step a fascination. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you find it easy or that it is not difficult to start a project. Those blockages happen to us all from time to time, but it does mean that, once started, you forget your coffee gets cold beside you and time moves swiftly without you noticing.

This passion is usually built in, not manufactured, and you will know it when you find it. I had no intention of being a basketmaker but I just loved that first unexpected afternoon working…

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