Kathy and Linda took the opportunity to travel to The Longaberger Company’s Basket Making Operations in Frazeysburg, Ohio. It was very interesting to watch skilled basket makers handcraft the beautiful baskets. They make about 14,000 baskets each day and are paid by the basket so you don’t see anyone standing around.
The world’s largest apple basket stands over 29 feet tall at Longaberger Homestead. The Apple Basket was hand woven of hardwood maple in 1999 and measures over 19 feet in base diameter.
The Longaberger Company’s Home Office was built as a replica of founder Dave Longaberger’s favorite basket-The Medium Market Basket. Of course, the seven story office is 160 times larger and is home to 600 employees. Its two handles are attached with replica copper and wooden rivets and the 750 lb. gold leaf painted tags are 25’ x 7’ x 3’.
Dennis and Ray stayed behind to do chores and get ready for our trip tomorrow to Guilford Lake State Park, another grueling drive of 134 miles. While we are at Guilford Lake we will visit Rich Bryer, another Florida Power retiree, who lives across the lake from the campground.
The weather has turned warm again (92 today) so the lake sounds inviting.
That’s it for Columbus. All of us Gators made it out alive!