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I started my craft back in the 1980’s when I was an employee of the Ohio Historical Society at Ohio Village in Columbus. When the broom maker quit, I went to our boss and suggested that he let me take over the shop. I quickly learned to make brooms and also took some basket weaving lessons -- and the rest, as they say, is history.

Eventually, I gave up making brooms because they just didn’t inspire me the way basket weaving did. It was a lot of trial and error and on-the-job training, but I’ve honed my skills over the years and today I make a variety of baskets for many practical and decorative purposes.

When our beloved Ohio Village closed suddenly in the early 1990s, I was deeply in love with basket weaving and longed to find a new outlet to continue my craft as a profession. I began showing my baskets at several art shows every year and have made basket weaving my life's work. I thoroughly enjoy meeting people and sharing my love for this ancient craft..

All my baskets are made of reed, a product of the Rattan plant. This is the same plant that gives us the familiar caning material used in chair seats. I personally weave every basket by hand, without the use of any forms or molds,soaking the reeds in water to make them soft and pliable for hand weaving. Basket weaving is a labor of love for me, and I put as much care and attention into the last one I made as I did with my first!

I've began showing my baskets on the web in the sincere desire to share basket weaving with more basket lovers. This is a great deal of fun for me, and I’m always finding new patterns and styles that I want to try. I hope you enjoy this website as much as I do and that you’ll return often to see my latest creations

Thank you for visiting my website and I hope that you’ll find the same high-quality handwoven baskets here that I fell in love with all those years ago. Please feel free to e-mail me anytime with questions about my baskets. If you need help finding the perfect hand-made basket style on the site, I will be very happy to assist or even custom weave one especially for you.


Viva McNeely

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