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Crafting the Traditional Stake & Strand Willow Basket

Course Overview

When northern European immigrants came to North America they brought with them a host of crafts and skills necessary for survival in their new world. The basketry tradition known as ‘stake & strand’ was one such craft, as baskets were used to store nearly everything around the homestead. Learning to weave with sticks of willow is a little different from reed, wood or bark. Willow yields to strong hands, giving beautiful results, and class members will make a sturdy and functional round basket with a handle using a variety of weaves. You’ll learn the techniques behind the terms slath, twining, 3-rod wale, French randing and border weaves. Class discussions will cover willow cultivation and harvest, traditions and lore.

The class will assure a new appreciation for the art and craft of basketry, and open a door to the amazing world of willow. Baskets are a cross between whittling, carpentry, weaving and sculpture. Lee & Lindsay see willow as the ultimate renewable resource and have found abundant uses for it in their home and gardens.

This course is part of Basket Week 2020! Plan to stay for additional day for the Basket Gathering on Friday, September 25 for demonstrations, talks and community gatherings all day. 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.


Tue, Sep 22nd, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 24th, 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: 2.5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Day 1: 5-8 pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $290.00
Includes materials fee of $55.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

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

Optional Tools

  • Utility knife/box cutter or carving knife
  • Sturdy craft scissors or hand pruner/secateurs
  • Bodkin or thick shafted awl
  • Small side cutter
  • Apron

 If you have any questions about the course or these tools, feel free to call us.
Lee & Lindsay Lee – 563-735-5570

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.