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Willow Exploration Extravaganza

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Course Overview

Over the course of the last 7000 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. A materials fee of approximately $100+, depending on project choices, will be due at the conclusion of class. Please bring cash only for this purpose.

Required Tools

  • Slojd knife (Mora 120, 6 cm blade preferred), must be sharp
  • Clipper (Felco no 6 or no 9 is best)

Optional Tools

  • Awl
  • Bodkin
  • Rapping iron
  • Grease horn
  • Shell bodkin
  • Bonsai side-cutter


Mon, Sep 30th, 2024  –  Thu, Oct 3rd, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $460.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Steen Madsen
Steen Madsen
Ringsted, Denmark

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Willow Exploration Extravaganza