Basket weaver at work

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Gullah artist Jery Bennet Taylor is seen giving a demonstration of bulrush basket weaving last week at the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce’s visitor’s center inside The Arsenal on Craven Street. When she was young, Jery’s grandmother taught her how to make the baskets at Boone Hall Plantation; today she is recognized as a master weaver. Jery said historically bulrush baskets were more utilitarian while sweetgrass baskets were more for decoration. Example of her craft are on display at the visitor’s center, and she can be found there weaving and working every Wednesdays and Saturdays.