My history with basketry began in 2000 after learning to make willow chairs in Maine with Michael Emmons at a furniture making school in Rockland. I wanted to make a laundry basket out of willows because the plastic ones from the store never lasted and there would be the huge hunk of plastic to throw away. I was lucky to find two basketmakers to teach me how to weave two different styles of baskets. Lorenzo Armijo, a hispanic man from Cochiti (madeira) and Bob Allalunis, from Taos via Pennsylvania (moises). I finally made an acceptable laundry basket using old bike rims and find them to make very sturdy, lasting and fun baskets.