​Kathy Taylor  


              Hohenwald, TN     


In 1999, I was a widow in Hanover NH.  I met Nathan Taylor and joined one of his classes making the 7” Classic Round Nantucket basket with some nice older ladies from Maine.  Never having made a basket before, I was a bit intimidated by the prospect.  Nathan and I became more than friends as we made baskets together.  We married , sold our homes, and opened a new basket shop in Warner NH.  There I built my skills as an ash splint

basket maker over the next 12 years.  We eventually followed the warm weather to TN.  Here we purchased a store front and opened a shop in Hohenwald (south central TN).  Now, after 17 years of running the business end of the shop and designing baskets, I have decided to pass on some of my basket skills in simple wood splint basketry.  I love knowing that these baskets will still be around long after I am gone. 


          Jan Beyma    


             Wilmington, NC        


     Jan has been teaching and weaving baskets for over 20 years.  She loves to stimulate the interest of basket weaving and sharing tips with others while also learning new tips from her students.  She considers herself a non-traditional Nantucket weaver as she finds common things to use as molds for classes and usually incorporates a twill weave into the basket.​

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