Eric Taylor is an award-winning professional black ash basket maker, woodworker and trusted teacher. He designs and creates all his baskets, including processing his own materials, drawing original patterns, dyeing wood and making the molds. Every basket is a unique marriage of contemporary woodworking techniques, materials and classic textures. He is currently known for his unique and functional ‘Cottage’ design baskets.

He has been weaving full-time since 1983, when he apprenticed at his father’s basket shop in New Hampshire, learning under two master basket makers. Shortly after, he was weaving professionally while learning the history and art of basket making, along with advancing his technique of steam bending hardwoods, mold making and the process of preparing Black Ash materials. In 1988, his interest in Shaker box making developed, and he was recognized by Early American Magazine’s Directory of 200 American Craftsmen 1990.

Eric’s national teaching experience began 16 years ago for the North Carolina Basketmakers Association and the Association of Michigan Basketmakers. From there he has taught every year, all over the country at conventions such as Northeast Basketmakers, Weavin’ in Winona (Minnesota), Columbia-Basin (Oregon), MBA and NCBA; and various guilds and workshops throughout New England, and in Ohio, D.C., Virginia, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Missouri, California and more.

Over his career, Eric’s baskets have won numerous awards and his box work has been featured at the Whitney Museum and Museum of American Folk Art, in New York, where he became known for his Shaker miniatures. Eric’s Double Swallowtail Nest of Boxes won the Woodworkers Gallery Wood Award at the 15th Annual Juried Exhibit for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Foundation, where he is a juried artisan. In 2007, Eric was one of the basket makers featured in the book Weaving History: A Basket Heritage Project. In 2009, Eric’s ‘Burgundy Arch’ basket received the Best in Basketry Award and also the Best in Traditional Design Award (which included all craft categories) from the 75th Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. That same year, he won Viewer’s Choice at the 2009 AMB Convention. In 2010, he won Best in Naturals at the Annual NCBA Convention and was a Juror at the MBA.

His creel basket is currently a part of the Renwick's "A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets" at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC from October 4 to December 8, 2013.

Eric recently moved from New Hampshire and now lives and works in middle Tennessee with his wife Lynne and their dog Chance.

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