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Basket Making Sampler

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Course Overview

The northern forests of Minnesota and Wisconsin offer a variety of materials suitable for basket-making. This course is an introduction to working with three of the most common: birch bark, willow and spruce root. Students will create three small baskets that will employ a variety of weaving techniques and traditions. Students will practice preparing materials, and discuss safe and sustainable harvest practices for future projects. Learn to plait, twine, and stitch containers using these local and versatile materials. Baskets are infinitely useful, are a great way to work with your hands, get to know the local environment, and learn about the process of making something from start to finish. Come prepared for physical hand work.

Required Tools

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Awl

Session Information

This course will be part of Basket Week 2021! Plan to stay a day longer for the Basket Gathering on Friday, October 8 for demonstrations, talks and community gatherings. A full schedule will be available this summer.


Tue, Oct 5th, 2021  –  Thu, Oct 7th, 2021

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm
Tuition: $255.00
Materials fee: $80.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Emily Derke
Emily Derke
Northhome, MN

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Basket Making Sampler