Billy Ray Sims Basketmaker

Category: Billy’s Baskets


Clam Basket Project

Clamming Skiff The Essex Shipbuilding Museum (MA) has created a project to replicate a vintage clamming skiff and harvest basket, for which I’m digging in on research for the basket. Here’s the model we’ll follow. The basket is made with…

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Welcome!

  This site features the work of basket maker Billy Ray Sims, and offers handmade 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…

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Potato Basket & 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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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 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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White Oak Market Basket

6 1/2″ x 10″ x 7 1/2″ I’ve enjoyed the privilege of working before with Leona Waddell, a wonderful master basketmaker in Cecilia, KY, but this one was something special. It’s a small market basket, similar to larger versions Leona…

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