Pam, originally from Flint, MI, lives in Michigan's #1 tourist attraction, between Frankenmuth and the Outlet Malls of Birch Run. After her children were in school, Pam earned a degree in accounting which she says does not help with the bookkeeping in basketry because she hates doing the bookwork. She worked in accounting for five years until she took her first basket class.
Within six months, encouraged by orders from co-workers, she had quit her job to become a full-time basketmaker. She says she thought she was basketry illiterate until the third basket and probably would have been wise to have stopped on the second basket.
Traveling to craft fairs was next for Pam. She does about 15 shows a year but swears she is going to slow down. She has won honorable mention, best of show, and Blue Ribbon Best of Show which she shares with Jodi Shebester. Her baskets are also available at the Frankenmuth Historical Museum and a local craft mall. Shown at right is her packed van and below the resulting art fair set up.
Pam has enjoyed teaching at conventions in Michigan, Indiana, North Carolina and Missouri, and will teach this year in Nebraska. Pictured below is Pam teaching her tulip basket.
Pam has designed many patterns which she says resemble her as most are colorful and decorated. Pam has been chairperson of the Thumbweavers Basket Guild for 8 years and is also a member of Tri County Guild and Betsy's Basket Bunch.
Mrs. Woodbury is the name Pam has carried for 30 years having married her high school sweetheart, Leroy. The Woodburys have three adult children, Angie who lives nearby, Jeff at home, Aaron in Milwaukee, a son-in-law Mark and two grandchildren, Jacob and Allie. Basketweaving sent all three children through college without having to dip into the family savings.
Basketweaving consumed most of Pam's time until her husband insisted on a computer. After playing games and writing patterns, she decided to go on-line. Now her time is divided between baskets and the computer. Traveling to conventions enabled Pam to meet people from all over the country; the computer introduces her to people from around the world. She met one on-line friend, Karen Wheeler, at MI convention this year and is looking forward to meeting many more.