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Retired Couple’s Artistic Pursuit: The Enchanting World of Scarpari Baskets

BySamantha Nguyen

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

Jill and Paul Scarpari have been creating handmade baskets since the early 1990s. It all started when Jill attended her first basket-making class in 1991 and became immediately hooked on the craft. Her husband, Paul, was inspired by her creations and attempted to make a basket himself in 1995. Although his first attempt was a flop, he persevered until he mastered the art.

Over the years, the Scarparis have honed their skills and created a wide range of baskets, from simple designs that can’t hold their shape to intricate ones that stand on their own. Their family members grew tired of receiving baskets as gifts, so they decided to start selling their creations. Today, Scarpari Baskets can be found in local stores and galleries, with prices ranging from $20 to $300.

For the Scarparis, creating baskets is more than just a business; it’s a fulfilling hobby that keeps them busy during retirement. Jill enjoys the process of weaving together different materials to create unique patterns and textures, while Paul finds joy in coming up with new designs that challenge him constantly. Despite being retired for 18 years, Paul finds basket-making to be mentally stimulating and rewarding.

The couple takes pride in their work and believes that every basket tells a story. Each piece is made with care and attention to detail, ensuring that it’s not only functional but also beautiful. Their baskets are perfect for any occasion – from everyday use to special occasions like weddings or holidays.

Scarpari Baskets are available for purchase at Frae in Shiloh Commons and Three Rivers Gallery in Big Timber. Visit these stores today to see their collection of handmade baskets and experience the joy of owning one of these unique pieces of art.

By Samantha Nguyen

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