Kathy Nelson - Showing Artist
Kathy Nelson is an Alabama native and lives in Jackson. In 2012 after attending a pine needle basketry class at the local Arts Council, she was hooked! Since then she has made too many baskets to count. She harvests her own long leaf pine needles, brown and green and makes them into functional and beautiful baskets. She doesn't start a basket with a pattern or plan, what the basket becomes develops as she is coiling. She also coils around gourds. She enjoys taking pine needles and making them into baskets that will last for years if taken care of. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.
Dwight Hostetter - Showing Artist
Dwight Hostetter, an avid woodworking hobbyist, has been involved in woodworking for about 36 years. After seeing and admiring pictures of Nantucket Lightship baskets a few years ago, he decided to give it a try. Dwight's first basket went to his wife, his second to his mother and before you knew it, he was producing baskets for friends and complete strangers. Dwight has taught several classes in Nantucket Lightship Basket making and is in demand to teach more. He makes all the components of his baskets from trees or milled lumber with the exception of the cane weaving and the metal rivets and brads. He even cuts down an occasional white oak tree which is used in the staves, rims and handles of the baskets. The baskets bottoms are usually made out of cherry, but occasionally have been made out of walnut, bubinga and other woods.
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