It began in 2011 when, newly engaged, Buffie sat on an old Bentwood side chair of Gary's late grandmother, and the seat, long overdue for a reweave, broke. She had learned traditional Mi'Kmaw weaving from her elders as a young girl, but had forgotten most of the techniques. Fortunately, one of their neighbors was a master blind weaver, and retaught Buffie what she needed to know to fix it. Ever enterprising, and having crafting skills in her Mi'Kmaw genes, Buffie then began crafting an original line of children's woven chairs, rockers and stools and started selling them at a local farmers' market, having passed their juried competition.
Working with fibres as diverse as string cane, press cane, split ash, Danish cord, paper and natural rush, binder cane, blind cane and more, Buffie has mastered the art of creating fine woven furniture with a genuine indigenous touch.
A member of the Indigenous Artists Collective, Buffie's creations have been featured on the pages of the (New Brunswick) Telegraph-Journal, in the Charleston (SC, USA) Farmers' Market, the Elders' Room at the Canada Border Service Agency's Indigenous Training Program College (in Rigaud, QC), and in homes worldwide.
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