I was in the Bangor on Dee area today so I decided to call on Johnson & Son – a basketware family business spanning five generations. It’s always a delight to visit the village and you always get a warm welcome at Johnson & Son with its friendly staff. The business is also a Tourist Information Point that not only has a wealth of information, but also has displays about the local area and pictures showing the basket-making business over the years.
All sorts of baskets are made. Dog baskets, log baskets, needlework baskets, hot-air balloon baskets and more unusual commissions such as basketware bicycles. Ken took a break from making an enormous dog basket to show me busby/bearskin frames for headwear -part of the ceremonial uniform for soldiers.
Demonstrations of the fascinating art of basket-making are given to groups and I can arrange this. This can be combined with visits to other nearby attractions – such as to a monk that comes to life!