I am so fortunate to have Rae Hunter in my Life! She was asked to reproduce an antique willow cradle for the early 1900s for the Ukrainian village, based on one donated from a family near Mundare. She then asked me to help her. Here are a few pictures of the process:
First we spent a few days driving around Eastern Alberta looking for just the right willows to make the reproduction as true to the original as possible. We even visited the original homestead which they are trying to portray near Innisfree.
Thanks to my mentor and friend, Rae Hunter, I discovered a basket making guild , the North West Basketmakers. And thanks to Kevin, Marten and Rigel I was able to attend their retreat last weekend west of Seattle. I am returning home with tons of ideas and hopes for continuing to inspire others to take on this craft.