Griggs, Aaron

  • Full Name: Aaron Griggs
  • City: Houlka,
  • State: Mississippi
  • Date Joined: 2011
  • Member Classification: Exhibiting
  • Medium: Wood. Artist Categories: Baskets.
  • Bio: Making the first trip to Mountain View, Arkansas in September 2010 with his wife Patsy, Aaron met a person by the name of Leon Jennings. Leon was about 90 years old at that time. He found him on the “Off The Beaten Path” tour of craftsman and artisans. Aaron became interested at that time in White Oak Basket Making because Leon made baskets in the traditional way. Aaron got tips, advice and hands on experience from Leon. Aaron makes his baskets in this traditional way. He selects the right tree, then splits it with wedges and a froe, shaves it down to billets with a draw-knife, then splits it out down the grain in weavers, ribs and handles depending on the type and size of basket to be woven. There are many basket weavers but only a handful of true traditional White Oak Basket Makers in the state of Mississippi and he is proud to be one of them.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Marilyn Diehl

Marilyn Diehl | Mt. Olive, MS

Member since 2008

Member Classification: Fellow

Medium: Fiber. Artist Categories: Baskets and Caning.

Marilyn Diehl’s nephew, Roger Jamison, began weaving when he was 13. By the time he was 18 in 1994, he was accepted into the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Inc. Also a teacher, Marilyn began watching Roger and learning to make baskets. Helping Roger for a year or two, Marilyn had no idea that in 2002 she would buy his business and move his 500-square-foot shop to the Diehl family home nestled on Highway 532 near Hot Coffee, MS.

In the fall of 2015, Marilyn moved the business to its current location on Main Street in Mount Olive and changed the name to the Basket Cottage. Split rattan is used to make the baskets. Solid hickory and oak are used for the handles. The baskets are trimmed with sea grasses, round reed and cane. Each basket is dated, numbered and signed. Marilyn’s baskets have been shipped all over the United States and Canada, as well as Italy, Germany, Brazil and England.