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Howard Peller Basket Farmer


I value handmade objects created from materials that are closely related to the natural environment from which they are grown.

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Howard Peller Basket Farmer


I value handmade objects created from materials that are closely related to the natural environment from which they are grown.

Philosophy

My call to action “ Living and Making” is based on the connection between growing plant material and hand making a product in order to create an economic means to live.
 

From the experience of growing, harvesting and processing living plant material for crafting objects, one develops an intimate appreciation of nature’s rhythms and the value of environmental stewardship.

Farming willow and making baskets exemplifies the way I personally link an agrarian way of life with an artisanal handcraft. I use the willow I grow on our farm in Roseville, Ohio to make baskets and garden structures that serve as useful and purposeful objects in everyday life. 


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My Background


I am proud to craft, direct, design, and market handcrafted products for the tabletop, gift, and home décor marketplace for over 30 years.

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My Background


I am proud to craft, direct, design, and market handcrafted products for the tabletop, gift, and home décor marketplace for over 30 years.

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My professional background as a business entrepreneur engaged me in designing artisan made tabletop, home décor and personal accessory products for national and international markets. 

My personal aesthetic has always centered on my passion for objects made by hand using materials that are closely related to the environments in which they are made.  This concept of “living and making” allows me to take inspiration from the nature that surrounds me, and create products that both sustain me and the environment in which I am working. 

Making products that have living value is my connection to the willow grove. The seasonal rhythms of nurturing the crop pairs the sustainability of its harvest with the crafting of objects from it; the traditional hand skills involved with soil and toil are able to resonate in the woven products which are created from that labor. 

As a designer and artist, I appreciate the nature of what can be made, how it is used, and the connection it has to the people who value an object of beauty and utility. From the willow grove here at Rosehill Farm, I strive to offer this connection between the agrarian and the artesian in both finely crafted baskets and live willow structures.


Professional Design Work

I am proud to be crafting, directing, designing, and marketing handcraft products for the tabletop, gift, and home décor marketplace for over 30 years. I am an accomplished artisan, model maker and development director for hand made product categories of pottery, baskets, wrought iron, glassware, and textiles. My experiences in the design, marketing and sales strategy successfully created sustainable and scalable production facilities. The following are samples of my work with associated companies:

Fioriware  Pottery- Founder of national ceramic tabletop company with partner  Maddy Fraioli. Setting tables and manufacturing ceramic goods for homes throughout America

Longaberger VP of design and product development for all product categories. Founder of the Design Center to prototype new concepts promoting the handcraft legacy story

Product designer, model maker and communication materials for numerous companies such as Wilton Armetale, Anchor Hocking, Bloomer Chocolate,   Burley Clay, Restoration Hardware, Martha Stewart, Tiffany, Block China, Bath and Body Works, Portugal Ceramics.

Click here for my traditional resume and here for my design resume

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Willow Farming


Farming and making baskets from the willow material I grow is a direct and personal way to appreciate the value of simple hard work.

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Willow Farming


Farming and making baskets from the willow material I grow is a direct and personal way to appreciate the value of simple hard work.

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Basic metal tools of billhook, knife, shears and awl allow me to harvest and create wonderfully useful articles for personal living.

On my farm I have established a grove of 5000 willow plants in 50 different varieties, which in turn will find their way into my baskets, garden structures and living projects.

In farming willow, I witness the full cycle of growing, harvesting, and processing the willow rods to be used in my work. This cultivation provides an appreciation of willows wonderful color, texture, tensile strength, delightful smell and magical properties of intensive growth.


Willowscaping

I coppice the willow in late winter, and set it in cold storage for replanting in the spring.

Building living structures from this material allows for the home gardener to erect backdrops, walkthroughs, gazebos, fedges, and furniture with a living plant that can be trimmed, morphed, and enjoyed for multiple seasons. Site analysis is available for installation.

Framing the dry material for garden boxes, border screens, and plant dividers are available for sale by special order and at the area farmers markets that I frequent with my products. Workshops can be arranged at the garden store in your neighborhood, and in small groups here at the farm.

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About Willow

Willow derives its definition from the Celtic word “sallies,” meaning “near water.” Willow is an amazing plant with many wonderful properties and virtues. Here is a short list of examples: 

- Medicinal source for salicin, a precursor to aspirin

- Energy source for a renewable carbon neutral biomass

- Eco-Environmental use for bio filtration, toxic phtoremediation, bio filtration of waste water, land reclamation, stream stabilization

- Carbon use for charcoal fuel, artist charcoal, pyrotechnics, black powder, and filter purifier for air and water

- Fodder and food for grazing animals, chopped up for feed and nectar for bees

- Insect-animal bio diversity supporting a very diverse and healthy environment

- Hormone IBA and SA source for stimulating growth cuttings and prompting plant defenses

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Roseville Farms

Knowing how to work with nature while appreciating the beauty of nature.

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International Artisan Consultation


International Artisan Aid Assistance projects have provided me with a unique opportunity to work hand in hand with economically challenged rural artisans-farmers to make the things they need from local and natural resources.

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International Artisan Consultation


International Artisan Aid Assistance projects have provided me with a unique opportunity to work hand in hand with economically challenged rural artisans-farmers to make the things they need from local and natural resources.

 As a consultant to small producers, cooperatives, and micro-enterprises in Haiti, Jamaica, and India, I found ways to enhance the designs and techniques of traditional craftwork. 


Typical Programs

Bamboo - Flat plaited woven baskets-Cooperative of Savanne Carre Village-remote rural community in a river valley southeast of Marmelade, Haiti. 

Vine, Sticks, Twining, Plating, Ribbing baskets - Cooperative of La Valle-a remote village in the mountains north of Jacamel, Haiti

Tres Palm - Flat Diagonal Braided Mats - Marc Lassure Womens Cooperative Cavillon-remote rural community in mountainous region north of Le Cayes Haiti. 

Sisal - Corded, Braided, Stitched and Crocheted-Women Cooperative of Cotes De Fer in a mountainous region very remote village of Cotes De Fer north of Jacamel, Haiti

Screw Pine Palm - Plait weave on forms-Oxford Women in Progress-small village of Oxford in mountain region on north coast of Jamaica

Grass - Braided headrest made from local grasses-Rhadanpur Gujarat India

Straw - Braided surged-Small family enterprise-Kingston, Jamaica

Aari Stitch - Fabric, cord, mirror- SEWA Rhadanpur Gujarat India 

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Event Workshops


Click on the calendar to check out our upcoming events and workshops.

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Event Workshops


Click on the calendar to check out our upcoming events and workshops.

Want to know when events are occurring? Visit our Facebook page for more information.