Traditional Woven Baskets From Maine

Spotted at the Common Ground Fair last fall beautiful woven baskets from Moose River Handcrafts; I’m kicking myself for not picking one up. The baskets are perfect for keeping potatoes and onions through the winter and for household organization. I called up Moose River this morning and asked if I could use the potato basket for kindling? They said I should be fine as long as I “don’t overload it”. I think the brown ash would be beautiful in my den and little different then the rush style baskets we’ve been seeing over and over.

Each basket is made by hand way up in Jackman, Maine on a first come basis specific to your needs. Many of the baskets are offered with wood or leather handles and can be ordered by mailing in an order form. The baskets do take time so order far an advance.

I have my eye on a few more including the picnic basket (leather handles!), laundry, car and pack baskets. The kindling basket is gorgeous with birch bark “weavers” but a little smaller then the potato basket. Maybe they can make my potato basket with birch too?

Moose River Handcrafts
PO Box 205
Jackman, Maine

Top photo by Katy Elliott, bottom photos courtesy of Moose River Handcrafts

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Have you check out the new online shop Coterie? Launched earlier this year from design blogger Jane at Ill Seen, Ill Said; the tightly curated collection features handmade goods and home accessories. Melin Tregwynt throws from Wales mix well with a collection of handmade rolling pins, muddlers and cutting boards from Prince Edward Island. Beautiful unlined marble notebooks from Ireland remind of my college years when I actually kept a real journal, not just a blog. Above a few of my favorites.

Clockwise from top: Walnut Round Slab $170, Pine Cone Candle $13, Knot Garden teal throw $230, Tiger Maple Muddler $40, St David’s Cross throw $250, Vermont Sky Scarf $60, Maple Pin and Wood Slab, Medium linen notebook $30, and Stripe Cup $30.

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