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Willow Fishing Creel, Backpack, or Bike Basket

Course Overview

The fishing creel is a classic willow project, but let’s be honest: not many of us are wandering down to the local river banks to try our luck with fishing creels anymore. Fear not: this project is really a bag that hangs from the shoulder, attractive and convenient for many uses. Or, students can weave a small backpack-style or bicycle basket in the class, as the techniques for these three projects are almost the same—it’s just a matter of size. Join internationally renowned instructor Steen Madsen, visiting from Denmark, to weave this functional and lovely project. The three day course will allow students to add leather straps, and, as time and interest allow, work on a small project using willow without the bark, a material that reaches back into ancient Rome. Weavers should be comfortable with basic border weaves.

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 available 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

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $285.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Tue, Aug 11th, 2020
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($85+)

Required Tools

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)

Optional Tools

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

  • awl
  • bodkin
  • rapping iron
  • grease horn
  • shell bodkin
  • bonsai side-cutter

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.

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North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Tue, Aug 11th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.