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Basketmakers share their unique talents

The distinct Cannon County Tie is a method of attaching the handle of a basket to the rim, and is demonstrated by 40-year veteran basketmaker Sue Williams.

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The artistry of making white oak baskets has been a long tradition in Warren and neighboring Cannon County. In fact, many baskets and chairs were made by families as a means of survival during the Depression. According to historians, the items were traded to shopkeepers for necessities, while in turn the owners sold the treasures in larger cities for a profit. Master basketmaker Sue Williams and apprentice Brenda Kucharski are part of the Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. It is presented by the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Folklife Program to pass down rare and endangered traditional art forms and skills.

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