Jamit ! Baskets
Mike & Judy McDade
Tell us about your business.We make handmade one of a kind,original designs and also classic heirloom baskets. We are self taught with the help of books. Mike is the one of kind design guy and I am the make a basket and use it kind of gal. We enjoy working under our own roof, in separate rooms, our technique differs,Mike likes round reed and ribs, and I like flat reed and stakes. Together we offer a wide variety of baskets. Mike designed the golf wicker balls for the Greenbrier Hotel in WSS last year. We use grapevine,rhodedendron,wisteria,wildvine for the handle in a basket. In WV we have Tamarack,The Best of WV to feature the artists of WV. We dye our own reed and baskets and use natural walnut dye for food baskets. Next year 2014 marks 20 years for Jamit! We have made many baskets since then, and hope to make many more, you could say we are late bloomers, we are having a blast doing it. We have been featured in 4 or 5 magazines. One of the best articles is in the Wonderful WV mag Jan,2012.
What makes your business stand out?We have an outlet to create and way to do it. Being your own boss is the best. Working together in our own home is where we love to be. Since we do our own dyes,you can get the color you want. We specialize in making a basket to fit a customer's need. We can make a basket using an antler supplied by the customer. We also do production work, gift baskets for a crowd,after we did 500 baskets in 10 weeks for QVC we know the skys the limit. We both love a challenge, and to create. Baskets are made one at a time, it may be the only product that cannot be mass produced. You can check us out on our website,jamitbaskets.com to see some of our work.
What's the best business advice you've received?The best business advice came by working for others for many years. Both of us worked years at 8-5 jobs . Being on the other side of the desk or counter taught us customers like to be treated respectfully,you should always be honest and give the customer what they want. We are lucky that we deal in a product that can be art or a useful everyday basket,our customers share a roll in the finished product by giving us the color,the size,the way the basket will be used, we like their input and they like being part of the creation of the basket.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.See the finalists
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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