Billy Ray Sims Basketmaker

Category: Billy’s Baskets


Life (and baskets) come full circle

Wasn’t so long ago. I lived in Alabama, making mostly white oak baskets. But then I met a wonderful woman, and… Now, I’m a displaced Appalachian basket maker residing next to a lake and the coastline of Maine. (I lived…

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Welcome!

  This site features the work of basket maker Billy Ray Sims, and offers baskets for sale. If you don’t see a traditional splint basket you covet, Billy Ray will be happy to create a one-of-a-kind basket to your specifications. Email for…

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Anatomy Lesson: White Oak Basket

This basket has three rows of sterling silver woven in each side.

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Potato Basket and Mini-Spud

10″W x 4″H A challenging commission, shown in the foreground, came from a client who wanted a version of the potato basket you can read more about below. But when I informed her how large the original basket is —23″-wide—…

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So-Called Feather Basket

12″w x 22″h While visiting the Museum of Appalachia, Norris, TN, and admiring John Rice Irwin’s incomparable collection of Appalachian baskets, I was offered the chance to purchase one from his private collection. My eyes were immediately drawn to a…

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Corn Basket

14″ H x 18″ W This field basket, modeled after one by Vonnie Miller, was quickly made at an annual  gathering of white oak basket makers at Mary Ann and Bill Smith’s home in McCalla, AL. About 10 enthusiasts came…

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Painted Lady

Gizzard Basket 12″ x 12″ x 10 1/2″ Hand-split white oak and reed; milk paint, varnish It’s good to break out of strict traditions sometimes, and this basket is about as Billy Ray-goes-wild as it gets. The handle, hoop, wrap…

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