Appalachian Egg Basket

11″ x 14″ x 10″

Carved, whittled, woven, rib work construction; hand-split white oak

This basket is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum as a gift from Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole.

It’s based on an Appalachian style known as a Gizzard basket that allows you to carry eggs and other fragile goods safely over the back of a horse to market, or riding snugly against your hip when walking. The round-ribbed and lobed shape was challenging and a process that involved many hours of splitting, scraping, carving, and weaving splits.

5 Comments on “Appalachian Egg Basket

  1. i would like to know more about leona li ke where she lives and where i might buy one of her mother made white oak baskets for many years,traded them for groceries for us kids during the depressiopn i have a rather large collection of hers and others baskets.sincerely ….marshall taylor
    150 keltner road campbellsville ky 42718////phone 270 465 7732

  2. Marshall,
    I’ll be happy to get you in touch with Leona, and will give you a call. She’s one of the premier white oak basket makers and lives in the Mammoth Cave area of Kentucky. Read more about her by clicking the tab at the top of the page, “Baskets with Heart.”
    ~~Billy Ray

  3. Congratulations! I just read the article , Woven Wonders, written by Mike Grudowski , for Garden and Gun. I went to your website, watched the video and have a better understanding of you talent. Carla

    • Thanks for your kind words and interest, Carla.

  4. I just wrote a blog on my great grandfather who made these baskets. Go to Thank you for all the information.

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