Billy Ray’s path as a basket maker ranged from first weaving sweetgrass baskets in South Carolina to New England black ash pack-baskets and river cane in the Southern Highlands. His focus now is weaving traditional white oak and splint baskets and teaching basketry.
He is a retired magazine editor who worked for titles ranging from WoodenBoat and Cooking Light to On Your Own and Mariner magazines. He lives in Camden, Maine.
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The following article appeared in Garden & Gun magazine. Click on the images for a high resolution pdf view.