Nut tree earrings, walnut baskets
Blue Ridge EMC member Ed Ingle of Todd makes eye-catching nut earrings and walnut baskets. The nuts' webbing yields intricate patterns, and just like snowflakes, no two pairs are exactly alike. The walnut earrings yield the inner nut and are edged with the "lace" of the exterior shell. The Hickory earrings yield a smaller, very delicate pattern. His light, nut-size baskets, hand-carved from natural black walnut, can be used in several ways. They can adorn your Christmas tree or you can attach them to bows on gift packages. Or use them as place markers on your party table. At Easter, change their bows and they become miniature Easter baskets. The earrings sell for $17.95 per pair, and the walnut baskets are $15.95 each. All of the nuts Ed uses are harvested in Ashe County. To order his items, contact him by phone or e-mail. You can also buy his crafts at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.