As we’ve mentioned, The D.A.D. Project belongs to an etsy team called Capital Crafters, and this is one supportive bunch! Today’s donation comes from another fellow member — JohnToftBasketry — who has generously donated a handwoven wicker stand to display a hat or wig:
John first learned about basket making in elementary school in England. There, he and his twin brother, became so engrossed in making a basket that the school almost ran out of cane supplies!
Prior to his retirement from teaching in 1998, John pondered about possible interests he could develop in his golden years. In addition to golf and gardening, perhaps he could make baskets as he had done so many years ago. Anne, his wife, bought him a book on basket-making that Christmas. So his craft-making odyssey began. Primarily self-taught, John has learned much by trial and error. He uses rattan cane, as well as home-grown willow.
John moved from Red Lake in North-west Ontario to Kanata (Ottawa) in the fall of 2001. The following spring he began to grow varieties of willow as well as grapevine as part of his plan to turn a hobby into a business. John sells his baskets primarily through his online store, but may also be made from him directly.
Thanks so much for your generosity and thoughtfulness, John! This is a picture of us when we met for the hat stand hand-off:
John also posted this photo (which his wife Anne took) on his blog in a feature he did about The D.A.D. Project. We appreciate the shout-out :)
Have a terrific weekend, everyone!