Traditional Splint Woven Fish Creel Or Purse Basket

March 26, 2020 – March 29, 2020

Billy Ray Sims

During this workshop students will learn to render basket material from two of the most beautiful of traditional basketmaking materials: southern white oak and northern black ash trees. You can choose from these options to yield a treasured, woven heirloom. Participants will create a fishing creel or purse woven on a mold using hardwood splint that they will learn to split, shape and process from a harvested tree. Finishing elements can include a cherry wood or leather lid and strap for your basket. During class you will discover the traditional methods used for hundreds of years, and leave with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind basket. Open to all skill levels, however you must have enough hand strength for handling edge tools and greenwood processing.


Billy Ray Sims was born in Sevierville, Tennessee and lives in Camden, Maine where he is a journalist and former editor for WoodenBoat and Cooking Light magazines. He makes baskets on a commission basis, and his work is in many collections including the Smithsonian and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Sims’ basketry spans traditional styles from the Gullah baskets of South Carolina to New England Black Ash and Appalachian White Oak.

Billy Ray Sims

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