A tightly woven overview of Appalachian basketry that identifies English and European influences, examines tools and materials, and provides instructions for a variety of baskets. Stephenson, a West Virginian, groups them according to purpose: storage, agricultural (carrying), measurement (bushel, peck), and household (sewing, key holder). The cover features the twin-bottomed egg basket, the most common of the mountains, the master piece required by the guild, and those pictured in the text range from miniatures to the four-dozen size. Also illustrated are choice berry baskets, hen baskets, potato baskets, etc., made primarily of white oak splints but also of hickory, willow, honeysuckle, even corn fodder. Short chapters consider hearth brooms, dye-stuffs, and the care of old baskets. Authoritative and quite lovely--by the end, you'll know willow from hickory, waling from coiling, and a froe from a glut.