It seems that all of a sudden tobacco baskets are The Thing to have if you love farmhouse/country decor. And when I saw one on the cover of a recent Country Living edition, I jumped on the bandwagon and started looking for one at local antique markets and auctions. But apparently they aren't to be found in this part of country, despite the fact that I living in an area known for it's tobacco farms. And if I was to find one, it would be expensive!!
I was recently lamenting to a (very talented) friend that I couldn't find one and he thought he could replicate it out of wood veneer. The other day, he showed up with my gorgeous tobacco basket!
Then he cut veneer in 1" and 1/2" strips and wove and glued them together to form the classic tobacco basket pattern.
He even used copper nails to finish the edges! He said that was authentic and I believe him never having actually seen a vintage tobacco basket.
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