Traditional Splint Woven Fish Creel or Purse Basket

April 8 - 11, 2021

Billy Ray Sims  ·

Workshop at a glance

Weave a traditional white oak and black ash splint fish creel basket that will be a treasured heirloom.


  • White oak and black ash basket weaving
  • Split, shape, and process green wood


  • Southern white oak and northern black ash trees
  • Various types of wood such as cherry


  • Traditional methods for basket making and wood carving
  • Create a fish creel or purse basket

Artist Bio

Billy Ray Sims was born in Sevierville, Tennessee and lives in Camden, Maine where he is a magazine editor. 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, Cherokee River Cane, New England Black Ash, and native Appalachian White Oak.
Arrowmont Connections

Workshop Description

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 will weave a treasured, woven heirloom. Participants will create a fishing creel on a mold using hardwood splint that they will learn to split, shape, and process from a harvested tree. Finishing elements include a cherry wood lid and leather 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.

COURSE FEE: $435  ·  materials list

Registration Opens February 1, 2021.

Call 865.436.5860 with questions.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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