Rustic Baskets

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Project by dennis mitchell posted 02-02-2009 11:38 PM 5048 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This economic down turn has left me with plenty of extra time to try some smaller projects. I’ve been told I need some affordable items for arts and craft shows. I’m also trying a shop on Etsy.
The first basket has a log handle that was decorated by a woodpecker. Held on with copper straps. All the baskets use willow twigs and hand planed Alder.

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#1 posted 02-02-2009 11:54 PM

Whoa, can’t get much more rustic than that. They are eye catching. Would go well in gardens, or as accents in the house.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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pat sherman

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#2 posted 02-03-2009 12:37 AM

dennis. i like those baskets. good luck. hope they sell well.

living in town i have trouble finding enought wood for a basket. but i like those.

-- pat,ohio...

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#3 posted 02-03-2009 01:44 AM

Hey, I’ll bet these will sell like hotcakes. Not to mention how much you’ll make clearing the willows off the ditch banks for those Jerome county cow farmers. LOL I hope you sell so many you have to import willows from Twin Falls County.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 02-03-2009 02:05 AM

Willow. Did someone say willow? Where’s Debbie?
Good luck Dennis!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 02-03-2009 02:09 AM

they look great dennis , you make it look easy . lol good luck with etsy , i wish you well

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#6 posted 02-03-2009 02:51 AM

That’s pretty cool, Dennis.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-03-2009 06:18 AM

Very nice! I like the rustic and utilitarian look but they have a classic visual appeal.

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#8 posted 02-03-2009 01:21 PM

I’m right here Douglas!!!!
these are fantastic and I agree—will sell fast!
(My favourite is that third one.)
These would look so great outside, inside, holding plants, holding things, sitting empty…
Yup.. awesome!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 02-04-2009 01:33 AM

Very nice Dennis, you have an eye for it. You should do quite well at the craft shows. Good luck

-- Dave, Ohio,

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#10 posted 02-05-2009 09:08 PM

Pretty cool Dennis, good thinking too, people don’t have a lot of money right now so you should do well. Not to mention they look pretty neat. You’re a pretty artistic person, you’ll think of other thingomabobs to sell. Good luck buddy. GB. m

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 04-21-2009 03:13 PM

Absolutely awesome. I wish I had an imagination like yours.

-- Robbinscabin,

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