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Advanced Willow Basketry: Rectangles and Fitching

Course Overview

For students who are confident with the basic stake and strand form and ready to move on, we welcome Steen Madsen of Denmark to teach two challenging willow techniques: the rectangular basket and an ’open work’ technique called fitching. Students will choose which project they prefer to focus on, but will benefit from learning about both techniques. The rectangular basket has options of a handle and/or lid. The fitched project can be round, oval or rectangular, but all shapes produce a strong, lightweight weave. As time and interest allow, students can also choose to experiment with some smaller projects using willow without the bark, a material that reaches back into ancient Rome.

This course is part of Basket Week 2020! Plan to arrive a day early for the Basket Gathering on Friday, September 25 for demonstrations, talks and community gatherings. A full schedule will be sent to all registered students in early summer 2020. Participation in this conference day is included with your tuition. See the Basket Week event page for more details.


Sat, Sep 26th, 2020  –  Mon, Sep 28th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $285.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Aug 15th, 2020
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($85 and up)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Sloyd knife (Mora 120, 6 cm blade preferred), must be sharp
  • clipper (Felco no 6 or no9 is best)

Optional Tools

  • awl
  • bodkin
  • rapping iron
  • grease horn
  • shell bodkin
  • bonsai side-cutter

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.