The Hand Maiden is the Basket Studio of Kathy Sparks. Since 1979, Kathy has been making elegant, yet simple Shaker Baskets, constructed of Brown Ash. All materials are carefully prepared from trees harvested in New England. Each basket is a true work of art and fashioned after those made by the Shakers. The Shakers were a religious sect, known for their spiritual approach to life that exhaulted simplicity, harmony and perfection in all they did whether it was their music, furniture, gardening or cooking. Kathy has enjoyed a long friendship with Martha Wetherbee, renowned Historian and expert on Shaker Baskets. Baskets are available by commission. Please see the sample page.