Billy Ray Sims Basketmaker

Category: Billy’s Baskets


Bulrush & White Oak

Now at the Contemporary Greenwood exhibit, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine though Jan. 2020.

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Essex Museum Clam Basket

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum (MA) has created a project to replicate a vintage clamming skiff and clam harvest basket. The basket part of the project calls for reproducing one of the original baskets from the area and teaching several classes…

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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…

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Potato Basket & Mini-Spud

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— she asked for…

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Tennessee Feather Basket

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

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Alabama 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 The handle, hoop, wrap and initial woven splits are white oak. The ribs and bulk of weaving are reed. A gift for a friend…

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