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Russian Birch Bark Weaving Tutorial with Vladimir Yarish

Course Overview

North House is pleased to welcome returning scholar, artisan, and teacher Vladimir Yarish, of Veliky Novgorod, the capitol of Novgorod Province, Russia to teach this tutorial course. After scouring museums and archeological sites all around the world, Vladimir has authored a definitive guide focused on the history and myriad traditional uses of birch bark, as well as general instructions for basket-making and plaiting. This tutorial course welcomes basketmakers and weavers of varied levels for two days of instruction in a wide variety of projects. This year, Vladimir offers five new intermediate/advanced projects: the hen, the bunny, the duck salt cellar, the dog and the cat, as well as an array of other options suitable for beginners and intermediate students alike. Students will gain insight into Vladimir’s approach to preparing bark and choose from any of 20 birch bark projects, including decorative and useful, traditional and contemporary options. Note, materials fee is due to the instructor at the time of class and is based on which projects the student selects. Students may choose to register for one or both days of this course.

Vladimir has gathered by hand all birch bark and roots in the dangerous Russian forest full of hungry mosquitoes where he watches for big Russian bears. He cleans, prepares and cuts the bark to size as needed for the various weaving projects. The spruce roots he digs, scrapes and peels the bark away and splits into long pieces. Using a knife, he hand carves all wooden pieces such as the tops for the bottle. He individually hand fits the tops to the students’ baskets. Vladimir’s special handmade Russian kostiks will be lent to students for use in classes.

Projects to choose from are listed here


Wed, May 16th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 1 Day
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced, depending on project choice
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 15+
Registration Cost: $100.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: varies, typically $80+

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • scissors
  • carving knife
  • 1-2 packages of Radio Shack 1 1/8” smooth clips (270-0373)
  • please bring cash or check to pay for your materials fees (cash preferred)

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

Vladimir will share his special Russian tools with students as needed.

2" pony clips for specified projects (see description)

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.