Artisan baskets, handmade at the hardware store


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Michael Hoyt’s earliest efforts at teaching himself basketmaking stand by the door of the Machias Hardware Co., ready for incoming shoppers. Those small traditional baskets are just the right size for holding bags of the many spices that fill one wall of the store his family has owned and operated on Main Street in Machias since 1951.

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