Gerald “Butch” Jacobs (Artist Profile)

Gerald “Butch” Jacobs, Passamaquoddy, learned basketmaking from his grandmother Angela Barnes, a member of the renowned Neptune family of basketmakers.

Angela was known for her fancy baskets, and taught Butch how to make her signature forms. Butch bases his baskets on the styles that he learned from his grandmother: acorns, comb baskets, drum baskets and miniatures. Jacobs also makes work baskets, such as pack, market and waste baskets.

One of the few basketmakers who still harvests brown ash, Butch pounds logs to produce splints and then prepares the ash for weaving. He is passing on these traditions to his son.

In addition to baskets, Jacobs has recently started making wooden items from tree deadfall. Look for his beautiful cutting boards, boxes and spoons at the 2023 Wabanaki Winter Market at the Hudson Museum.

Gallery: Gerald “Butch” Jacobs (Artist Profile)

Upcoming 2023 Wabanaki Winter Market (Saturday, December 9, 2023) :

Organized by the Hudson Museumthe Wabanaki Winter Market is New England’s largest holiday gathering of Wabanaki artists. The annual december event features Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance award-winning weavers, as well as new artists representing the next generation of weavers.

The event is supported in part by grants from the Maine Office of Tourism and the Onion Foundation

Location of the event: The Collins Center for the Arts (2 Flagstaff Road|Orono, Maine)
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023 (from 9 am to 3 pm)
Contact: Gretchen Faulkner | Director, Hudson Museum (207.581.1904)

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