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Alisdair Davidson

Landing Baskets made by Alisdair Davidson and Henry Mellor

 Alisdair Davidson is a basketmaker who spent several years in the 1990′s researching baskets in Scotland and has helped us considerably with the research for this project.   Originally from Kilbarchan, he worked as a toolmaker in Glasgow before moving …Continue reading “Alisdair Davidson”

Donald Crawford

The Ard Fern Roadman. Argyll Donald lived in the house next door to Kath Potter-Irwin, where his son and family now live. Donald was a roadman in the 1960s and 70s looking after a twenty mile stretch of road. Working …Continue reading “Donald Crawford”

Donald MacDonald

Donald died in 2010 in his nineties. He was born on the Isle of Great Bernera but lived much of his life in Gisla, Isle of Lewis after years of being a shepherd on  mainland Scotland. He was taught, like …Continue reading “Donald MacDonald”

Jimmy Work

Jimmy Work

Jimmy started making baskets in 1958 and he hasn’t stopped. He says he taught himself and today at 88 he still makes the fine simple elegant coiled baskets that have become his trade mark. These are not traditional agricultural baskets …Continue reading “Jimmy Work”

Evelyn Baxter and Leonora Rintoul

Summary of discussion paper given at the Woven Communities SymposiumContinue reading “Evelyn Baxter and Leonora Rintoul”

Hope MacDougall

Summary of a paper given at the Woven Communities Symposium, August 2012Continue reading “Hope MacDougall”

Liz Balfour

Cane frame basket Leith

Interview with Liz Balfour 18 feb 13 by Dawn Susan What brought you into basketmaking? I first did basketmaking at school, like everyone in my generation. Think 1950s south of England girls’ convent school – I remember my entire childhood …Continue reading “Liz Balfour”