Willow Exploration Extravaganza
Over the course of the last 7,000 years, humans have figured out a lot of things to make with willow. From eel traps to hot air balloon baskets, this pliable and abundant material has served humanity well. Explore a wide variety of projects with international guest instructor Steen Madsen of Denmark in this open-format class. Students of all levels will be guided through a variety of projects in the European tradition of individualized work. From basic round stake-and-strand baskets to more complex oval forms to trays and other willow treasures, students will make a variety of items in this in-depth, immersive experience with one of the world’s foremost willow experts. Steen Madsen will share stories of his research and collections of old baskets throughout the week. Craft, cultural history, and community on the harbor: it’s bound to be an unforgettable course at North House.
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)
Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
- rapping iron
- grease horn
- shell bodkin
- bonsai side-cutter
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.