Oh, my goodness! I have discovered a genuine Amish basket weaving company that produces some of the most beautiful works of art, yet honestly useful pieces. Three Old Order Amish families are lovingly creating these handwoven baskets and selling them through a website, www.AmishBaskets.com. The basket I have is a Double Pie Basket crafted by the Troyer family, specifically, Eli and Caroline Troyer plus Ada, age 18. I know this because they have signed the bottom of my Double Pie Basket.
This basket is beautifully designed, weaved, stained, and finished. It includes a wooden pie stand to separate two pies securely and has a lovely maroon fabric liner. Additionally, it has dark maroon leather straps to carry it comfortable as well as a sturdy wooden lid with leather handle to easily remove the lid. This is a first class, scrupulously woven basket that will hold up for many, many years to come. I could envision handing this down to my daughter, and her handing it down to a future child. A real heirloom for generations to come.
Now here's the unbelievable part - free shipping and incredible pricing. For a basket of this quality, I would have expected to pay over $100. This large handmade basket without the fabric lining, but including the lid and pie stand is only $49.95.
The three Amish families of www.AmishBaskets.com weave dozens of distinct types of baskets in varied color combinations. Look over their website at all the many kinds of baskets they have. I saw a small egg collector basket for $14.95 - and shipping is FREE!
The pictures on their internet site do not do the baskets justice. Please read their online reviews from previous customers. Fine handmade Amish quality at a truly decent price is rare these days but www.AmishBaskets.com can fill all your basket and gift needs. I am proud to recommend them to all AmishReader fans.