Although his path as a basketmaker has ranged from weaving the sweetgrass baskets of South Carolina to New England black ash pack baskets and river cane from the Southern Highlands, Billy Ray Sims works almost exclusively now interpreting traditional white oak styles.
He is the former executive editor of WoodenBoat and Cooking Light magazines, and as a woodworker, he has built and restored custom furniture and wooden boats, including a 32-foot sailboat in which he cruised to and from Bermuda and the Caribbean. He now lives in Camden, Maine (but will always be a hillbilly at heart.)
Member: Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Alabama Designer/Craftsmen, SouthernArtistry Registry, and the National Basketry Organization
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The following article appears in the June/July 2013 issue of Garden & Gun magazine. Click on the images for a high resolution pdf view.