Small Appalachian Market Basket
The Small Appalachian Market Basket by Billie Ruth Sudduth is a plaited market style basket with a woven handle, sturdy enough to carry your favorite items. The split oak handle is wrapped for additional strength. This basket could carry apples, books, or picnic foods to spread on a blanket.
It is dyed with a special stain I make to make the wood look distressed. It will become more beautiful with age. It looks like it came out of a barn decades ago and will last for decades to come.
I left a career as a school psychologist and have been a full time basket maker for 34 years. Many of my baskets are in private and museum collections including the Smithsonian and the Museum of Art and Design.
The basket is signed, dated, and numbered. It measures 15 inches long by 11 inches wide by 11 inches high.