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Basket-Making Duo, Jill and Paul Scarpari: Creating Unique Handmade Baskets for Over 30 Years

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Elderly Billings couple staying active with their basket-weaving business

Jill and Paul Scarpari have been creating handmade baskets for over 30 years. Their love for the craft began in the early ’90s when they started attending basket-making classes. Jill was immediately hooked on the craft, while Paul was inspired by his wife’s creations and eventually taught himself how to make baskets.

From simple pine needle pieces to intricate designs that stand on their own, the Scarparis have found joy in creating various types of baskets. Their family members grew tired of receiving baskets as gifts, so they decided to start selling their creations. Today, their baskets range from small functional ones like hampers and backpacks to larger, more intricate designs that take days of work to complete.

Despite being retired for 18 years, Paul finds basket-making to be mentally stimulating and enjoys coming up with new designs constantly. For Jill and Paul, creating these baskets is more than just a business; it’s a fulfilling hobby that keeps them busy during retirement. Their baskets are available for purchase at Frae in Shiloh Commons and Three Rivers Gallery in Big Timber, with prices ranging from $20 to $300.

By Samantha Jones

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