Artist: David and Cheryl Johns
David is a lifelong resident of Michigan who has enjoyed working with wood spanning some forty odd years. His woodworking interests have led to the building of cabinetry, furniture, toys, and finally, to Nantucket baskets. These especially interested him due to their history and special construction requirements which included special molds, bending of wood to form the handles and rims, and to the use of materials originally used in these baskets since the early 1800's. David adopted the use of the original "carved" ears which were only used until about 1860, when they were replaced by brass ears. Brass ears became common because they were easier to make but did allow baskets to be "nested" in sets, a space - saving feature on ships.
David's working life as an appliance engineer involved the design, primarily household refrigerators, and ultimately, led to the licensing of the technology to build appliances in various parts of the world. This involved a great deal of overseas travel, spanning 30 plus years.
David's wife, Cheryl, has made a number of flat reed baskets over a period of several years, and has expanded her interests to the more decorative varieties.
David and Cheryl (now mostly retired) spend their free time at family gatherings, hunting, fishing, and trailer camping.