I had the chance to take a Basket Making Class a couple weeks ago. There were several styles available, but I chose to make a picnic style basket. I have been needing something that could tote 2 or 3 covered dishes for a while. It took about 6 hours total to make from start to finish and I can promise you that I will never again balk at the prices craftsmen charge for their baskets--this is hard work!
I still need to get a piece of light plywood to fit in the bottom for extra support, but I am fairly happy with how my first attempt at this craft turned out.
A special thanks to the VERY patient teachers of the class!