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Award Winning Basket...the first time!
A Testimonial from Lane Johnson

October 1, 2003

Prim Pines
P.O. box 148
Carthage, NC 28327

Dear Judy,

Your excellent book, Pine Needle Basketry: From Forest Floor to Finished Project, was given to me as a gift by my sister a couple of years ago, and I finally decided to try my hand at a basket.

The bottom of Lanes basketI had a large burl from a douglas fir tree. I carved it into an oval-shaped bowl, then drilled holes around the rim and started adding coils, using a 3/8" gauge and waxed linen thread. Your book explains everything so well that I didn't have any trouble at all. The lid has an oval center that I cut from the trunk of an old cedar shrub I had dug up from our yard. The handle is a double pine-needle coil bound to the cedar with rawhide.

Lane and his award-winning basketI finished the basket just in time to enter it in the crafts competition at our county fair, expecting that I might win a blue ribbon. Much to my astonishment, the basket won a blue ribbon, plus another for "Judges Choice" and a big red, white, and blue one for "Best of Show"!

Lane's ribbons I was a book editor for several years, and I know a well-done book in the "how-to" category when I see one. Yours is among the very best I've ever seen. Having won all these ribbons for my first project, I should probably quit while I'm ahead; but already my head is spinning with new ideas, and my wife and I have taken to the Oregon woods again to collect a winter's supply of Ponderosa Pine Needles.

Thanks so much.
Lane Johnson


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